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John Kasich balks at Donald Trump: ‘At this point I just can’t do it’

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich/MSNBC

Ohio Gov. John Kasich/MSNBC

Try to wrap your head around this — take a moment to marvel at the strangeness. Next month, Republicans gather in Cleveland to nominate Donald Trump for president. But the Republican governor of Ohio, a state crucial to GOP chances in November, has so far refused to endorse the presumptive ballot-topper and may not have a place on the stage.

Here’s this morning’s interview with John Kasich, the former presidential candidate, by Joe Scarborough on MSNBC:

From the NBC website:

Kasich remains one of the nation’s prominent Republicans who have not announced support for Trump, but he still has not completely ruled out the idea, leaving out hope that Trump’s rhetoric might change.

Pressed with a retweet from Trump telling Kasich that he ought to “get on board” or leave the GOP, and the fact that he signed a pledge last summer to support the party’s eventual nominee, Kasich said: “It’s painful. It’s painful. People even get divorces, you know? Sometimes things come about that, look, ‘I’m sorry this has happened, but we’ll see where it ends up.’ I’m not making any final decision yet, but at this point I just can’t do it.”

…Kasich still plans to go to the RNC next month in Cleveland, as he has been invited to a number of events in the area that week — but his role at the convention remains uncertain. “I know I’m going to have some of my own events outside,” he said. “As to what I’m going to do there, I’m not quite sure yet.”