Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich tries to sell himself to the American people as “the adult in the room” and as level-headed.
But, video has surfaced of Kasich being anything but reasonable, rational, and adult-like. In fact, it shows him flat-out lying about and denigrating the character of a police officer while speaking at an EPA meeting.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, known as “The People’s Sheriff” happened upon a video that not only shows Kasich insulting a police officer as “an idiot,” it also shows that he flat out lied about what happened that day when he was pulled over in Columbus, Ohio for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle. (video below)
The stop occurred in 2008, before Kasich was elected governor of the state. Video footage clearly shows other cars following the law by slowing down and getting over into the other lane, but Kasich continues driving at normal speed and doesn’t even attempt to get over.
The officer in question, Officer Robert Barrett, pulled over the former congressman and interacted with him with the utmost respect. Barrett was polite as he explained the violation and as he told Kasich that he would have a mandatory court appearance as required by law.
When Kasich told the officer he didn’t see the police car that he passed improperly, that was pulled over on the side with its lights on, the officer responded, “It happens to everyone on occasion, sir. You kind of have to watch out.” The officer reassured Kasich that it was not that big of a deal, but according to Ohio law he would have to appear in court.
Ten days later, while speaking in front of Ohio EPA workers, John Kasich tells a much different story, making the officer a villain and calling him an idiot numerous times.
Have you ever been stopped by a policeman, who was an idiot?” he asked his audience. “I had this idiot pull me over on 315. Listen to this story. He says to me, you passed this emergency vehicle on the side of the road and you didn’t yield. I didn’t even see, where the heck was it. The last thing I would ever do would be to pass an emergency vehicle. Are you kidding me?”
Kasich continued, the policeman, “tells me if you don’t report to court, we are putting a warrant out for your arrest. He’s an idiot! We just can’t act that way, and what people resent is people who are in the government, who don’t treat the client with respect.”
This unwarranted attack on the character, intelligence, and professionalism of a police officer did not sit too well with Sheriff Clarke. On Wednesday, he tweeted exactly how he felt about what John Kasich did back in 2008.
m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=nTf_qyRXhxk… This rat bastard @JohnKasich lied about this cop’s treatment of him as a lack of respect. Called the cop an idiot.
9:52 PM – 16 Mar 2016
Sheriff Clarke didn’t stop there.
cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2011/02/ohio_gov_john_kasich_calls_pol.html… @JohnKasich lied about this cop, he would make a great spokesperson for Black L-I-E-S Matter http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2011/02/ohio_gov_john_kasich_calls_pol.html…
9:57 PM – 16 Mar 2016
youtu.be/h2LMWQ0W0is @JohnKasich is anti gun and anti cop and people,say Trump is not conservative? Seriously? https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=nTf_qyRXhxk…
11:53 PM – 16 Mar 2016
He then offered a challenge to FOX News and FOX Business.
12:14 AM – 17 Mar 2016
Will they take him up on this challenge or keep Kasich’s treatment of a police officer who was just doing his job hidden?
While Kasich did eventually apologize, the apology came only after the video surfaced during his first term as governor and it went viral. The apology was done in a cowardly fashion, behind closed doors.