Donald Trump is blaming his defeat on Ohio Gov.
John Kasich, who he says was never able to win the state for him.
In a video released Thursday, Trump said Kasich’s refusal to endorse him in the Republican presidential primary was the biggest mistake he’s ever made.
The GOP front-runner said Kasich was never going to win Ohio and accused him of lying about his support in the state.
“John Kasich, the governor of Ohio, didn’t run against me,” Trump said.
“He didn’t even run against a real, good candidate.
He ran against a guy that was a phony.
And that’s the real story.”
Kasich, who has endorsed Trump in the past, has denied the allegations.
“He has said he would’ve won Ohio by two points if he’d run against us, which he has not,” Kasich spokesman Kevin Smith told reporters Thursday.
“The truth is, I never lied.
I never said I would never run.
And I’ve been a big believer that it’s a good thing to have a good candidate running against you.”KASICH AND THE TRUTHTrump also criticized Kasich for his response to the November 2016 attack in Orlando, Florida, in which a man wearing a suicide vest attacked a gay nightclub, killing 49 people and injuring more than 50.
He said the Republican governor and other GOP leaders did not take the attack seriously and that he never had the support of the state’s Republican Party.
Kasic said he was disappointed with Trump for the “big lie” he told about Ohio, which was in his pocket, saying, “I’ve never said that.”
“I said it on television, and it was never a lie.
And the governor didn’t respond to that and the other candidates didn’t.
So it was a big, fat, lie,” Trump continued.
He added that Kasich had “gone out of his way” to blame him for the attack, but said he never apologized.
“If he had said I never apologized, then I would have won the state,” he said.
Trump also said Kasich had not been able to take credit for his victories in several states during the primary season.
He said Kasich did not have a chance to win Texas in the March 3 primaries and that Texas voters had rejected him.
“I didn’t win Texas.
The Republican Party didn’t lose Texas.
It took the vote of Texas to take me over the top,” Trump added.
Trump added that it was not fair to compare his victory in Ohio to other states where he won.
“Ohio was not a great state, it was one of the worst,” Trump told The Associated Press.
“But I never lost Ohio.
The other states were worse.
But Ohio, they won it.
So I have a lot of respect for John Kasich.”KATHYAN HAS NOT REPLACED TRUMPTRUMP said Kasich, a former Ohio state senator, had not given him the same support he had received in other states.
He also said the Democratic Governors Association was planning to release a statement in the coming days calling on Kasich to apologize.KASIKS RECORD TRUMP: ‘It’s the biggest lie I’ve ever made’Kasik is facing a re-election challenge in November.
He has been a prominent critic of Trump in recent months, and the two have clashed repeatedly over the Republican nominee’s immigration policy.