While the poll results for the republican primary keep shifting, one thing is certainly winning in this race: overt misogyny. Like Donald Trump yelling "Go back to Univision" to a Latino reporter, turning a network into a slur, Ohio Governor John Kasich had a cool, public way to dismiss someone. Speaking at a campaign stop at the University of Richmond, the school newspaper The Collegian highlights multiple moments where Kasich was creepy and rude to female students:
While calling on sophomore Kayla Solsbak, who was nearly jumping out of her seat to get noticed, Kasich said with a laugh, “I’m sorry, I don’t have any Taylor Swift tickets.”
Kasich also said at one point, “I’m sure you get invited to all of the parties,” to one of the female students sitting in the front row of raised seats.
Kayla Solsback wrote a follow-up op-ed in the paper titled, "No, John Kasich, I don't want Taylor Swift tickets," calling him out for his rude dismissal of female students.
Kasich barreled through a Planned Parenthood question, dismissing the young woman who posed it, and derided me when I had the audacity to raise my hand. Kasich came to Richmond to pander to retired Republicans. He could gain points by belittling me and my peers, so that's what he did.
What continues to strike me is the hypocrisy of his condescension. He touted his ambitious energy as an 18-year-old man, but as soon as I, an 18-year-old woman, exhibited ambition, I became the target of his joke. The same passion that drove Kasich to speak with President Nixon drove me to ask the candidate a question I care deeply about. In a way, I was taking the governor's advice: "Always ask."