Four Republicans crossed party lines and supported Joe Biden during the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, their rally cry was to get voters to turn their backs on Donald Trump in November.
The most notable of these four republicans was former Ohio governor John Kasich who ran for President in 2016 but lost.
Followed by him were the former Rep. Susan Molinari, R-N.Y. and New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman
Silicon Valley CEO and one-time Republican candidate Meg Whitman also crossed sides.
LIVE BLOG: In addition to fmr. Ohio Gov. Kasich, several other Republicans, including former elected officials, are expected to endorse Joe Biden in speeches Monday night at the DNC during a segment called “We the People, Putting Country Over Party." https://t.co/DSIwlNBNKt
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 17, 2020
The “Republicans” that the DNC trotted out are Hillary supporters, a sore loser, and woman who made millions lobbying for Putin.
They think that *helps* Joe Biden?@realDonaldTrump won handily without the Never-Trumpers in 2016, and he’ll win without them in 2020!
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) August 18, 2020
"Joe Biden is a man for our times — times that call for all of us to take off our partisan hats and put our nation first for ourselves and, of course, for our children," says former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, at the #DemConvention https://t.co/a6pfETeyPZ pic.twitter.com/o4RiNWcS3c
— CNN (@CNN) August 18, 2020
NBC News had this to say about the Republicans siding with Biden:
A group of Republicans addressed the Democratic National Convention on Monday night to urge Americans to vote against the “disappointing” and “disturbing” Republican President Donald Trump.
“Many of us have been deeply concerned about the current path we’ve been following for the past four years. It’s a path that’s led to division, dysfunction, irresponsibility and growing vitriol between our citizens,” former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, one of four Republicans to take the virtual stage at the convention, said, standing at what appeared to be a fork in the road. “Continuing to follow that path will have terrible consequences for America’s soul, because we’re being taken down the wrong road by a president who has pitted one against the other.”
Kasich, who ran for president against Trump in 2016, didn’t mention the president by name, but he said, “He’s unlike all of our best leaders before him, who worked to unite us, to bridge our differences and lead us to a united America.”
Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, a former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, introduced herself as “lifelong Republican” but said that for her, this election is about personality, not partisanship.
“This isn’t about a Republican or Democrat. It’s about a person: a person decent enough, stable enough, strong enough to get our economy back on track, a person who can work with everyone, Democrats and Republicans, to get things done. Donald Trump isn’t that person. Joe Biden is,” said Whitman, who endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016.
Also taking the “stage” was Susan Molinari, a former member of Congress from Trump’s home state, New York, who gave the keynote address at the 1996 Republican National Convention.
“I’ve known Donald Trump for most of my political career. So disappointing, and lately so disturbing,” Molinari said.
Kasich Romney Hillary Al Gore all suffer from the same disease. Sore loser(itis). They all lose an election and then they all lose their minds. No cure. And John Kasich, there is not one conservative who cares what you think. https://t.co/VAWKfv4TPJ
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 18, 2020
Susan Molinari was a lobbyist for Russia.
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) August 18, 2020
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) August 18, 2020
I’m sure I’ve left out many other things….but not a bad first term.
Unlike John Kasich I believe we are on the right path with President Trump. The Biden-Harris path leads to socialism at home and weakness abroad.
Apparently, John Kasich doesn't understand that.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 18, 2020
Fox News had this to say about the four Republican switching teams:
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich — one of President Trump’s most vocal Republican critics — took aim at the president during a speech on the first night of the Democratic National Convention and urged other Republicans to join him in voting for the Democratic ticket in November.
Kasich – a Trump rival during the 2016 GOP presidential primaries who never endosed his party’s eventual nominee – on Monday offered his support to presumptive Democratic presidenital nominee Joe Biden and called on fellow Republicans “to take off our partisan hats and put our nation first for ourselves and of course for our children.”
Criticizing the president, Kasich argued that “many of us have been deeply concerned about the current path we’ve been following for the past four years. It’s a path that’s led to division, disfunction, irresponsibility and growing vitriol between our citizens. Continuing to follow that path will have terrible consequences for America’s soul because we’re being taken down the wrong road by a president who has pitted one against the other.”
Kasich emphasized that “I’m a lifelong Republican, but that attachment holds second place to my responsibility to my country. That’s why I’ve chosen to appear at this convention.”
He noted that “in normal times, something like this would probably never happen, but these are not normal times. I’m proud of my Republican heritage. It’s the party of Lincoln, who reflected its founding principles of unity and a higher purpose. But what I have witnessed these past four years belies those principals”
Kasich acknowledged that “there are areas where Joe and I absolutely disagree. But that’s OK because that’s America. Because whatever our differences, we respect one another as human beings, each of us searching for justice and for purpose.”
And pushing back against comments by the president hours earlier that Biden would be a “trojan horse for socialism,” Kasich emphasized “I don’t believe that because I now the measure of the man is reasonable, faithful, respectful. And you know, no one pushes Joe Biden around.”
Before Kasich’s speech, Trump slammed his one time rival.
“John was a loser as a Republican. Never even came close,” the preisdent told reporters onboard Air Force One as Trump flew back to the nation’s capital after campaign stops Monday in the general election battle ground states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
“He hasn’t done too well with Trump. He’s been easy pickings,” the president added.
Kasich was anything but a loser in elective politics until his White House run.
He won an Ohio state senate seat as a 26-year old first time as a candidate, in 1978. Four years late he ousted an incumbent Democrat in winning election to the House of Representatives. He was easily re-elected 8 times.
Ater taking a nearly decade long break, Kasich won election as Ohio governor in 2010 and was re-elected four years later.
But in the 2016 GOP presidential primaries, Kasich only won his home state of Ohio.
These Four Republicans should be stripped of their titles and be labeled Democrats now.
They have crossed over into the dark side and there’s no coming back from there.