Ohio Gov. John Kasich will attend Donald Trump inauguration
Trump did not endorse Trump during the election
By Laura A. Bischoff
Jan 5, 2017
Ohio Gov. John Kasich will attend Republican Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, even though he refused to endorse Trump and heaped criticism on him during the campaign.
Kasich said he will already be in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 19 to talk about Medicaid expansion, which is a component of the Affordable Care Act. “I’ll then spend the night, go to the inauguration, be there for the ceremony and then I’ll be coming home,” he said.
Kasich, who has had a frosty relationship with Trump, was the last Republican candidate to drop out and cede the GOP nomination to Trump in May. Then he thumbed his nose at Trump in Cleveland by refusing to attend the Republican National Convention where Trump accepted the party nomination, though Kasich held events outside the RNC venue.
In October, after a hot mic video emerged showing Trump making vulgar comments about grabbing women by the genitals because his celebrity allows him to do so, Kasich issued a strong statement, saying in part “Donald Trump is a man I cannot and should not support.”
In November, while in D.C. for the Cleveland Cavaliers event at the White House, Kasich said that he is praying for the success of Trump and he did send out a congratulatory tweet.
“What we can all do as Americans is join hands, join arms, say a few prayers for the success of the next president of the United States,” Kasich said outside the White House.
Laura Bischoff is our Columbus bureau reporter and covers politics and state government. She keeps a close eye on elected leaders, public employees and taxpayer money. Bischoff tries to write stories that inform voters, hold leaders accountable and strengthen democracy.