Former Ohio Governor John Kasich (right) admitted in a recent podcast that he cried after his loss to then-candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
“I was really hoping we would block [Trump] and then people would come to their senses,” Kasich said on the Kasich & Klepper podcast, according to the Columbus Expedition. “But when it was over, we got off the plane…I went behind that building and cried. I had a cry. Then I went to my daughter’s school – and it was really tough – and they had caught wind of it, and then they came out and gave me a big hug. But then it was over. It was a wonderful experience.
Kasich also spoke about his time as governor, saying that while he loved the job, he didn’t miss it.
“People say, ‘Do you miss being governor?’ It’s a powerful position in the 7th largest state,” he said. “And I said no because I knew what was coming, and the job doesn’t define me.”
Kasich, who is now a senior CNN contributor, has repeatedly attacked Trump in recent years, targeting the former president for his America First policies and brash personal style.
In February 2021, Kasich asserted that the Republican Party would die if it continued to be Trump’s party.
“If there remains a long-term Trump party, it will not succeed. He will start to die. Frankly, it’s already dying, because a lot of people have left the party. There is a chance for them to get back on their feet,” he told Dana Bash host at the time.