DeWine & Husted Change Their Tune on Trump Now That There’s Something In It For Them
September 8, 2022
Columbus, OH — Mike DeWine and Jon Husted had more Republicans vote against them in the May primary than for them. Republican voters deeply distrust DeWine and now DeWine and Husted need all the help they can get to stumble across the finish line. And even though both have distanced themselves from Donald Trump in the past, they’re both now embracing his endorsement to try to win back MAGA Republicans.
It’s just the latest example of DeWine and Husted caving to their own party and selling out Ohioans when there’s something in it for them. DeWine and Husted will always put their own interests over the interests of working Ohioans and Ohioans deserve better.
Here’s a sampling of the ways DeWine and Husted have distanced themselves from Trump in the past before fully embracing his endorsement now:
- DeWine Declined To Answer Questions About Donald Trump Or Whether He Should Be The Republican Nominee For President In 2024. “‘Should the party nominate Trump again in 2024? ‘I really think we have to resist talking about 2024 until we get 2022 done,’ he said. I tried a different tack, asking the governor whether Trump was a positive presence in American public life at the moment. ‘You’re good,’ he replied, ‘but I’m not going to go there.’” [Atlantic, 4/3/22]
- DeWine, Husted Skipped Trump Rally In Lorain County. “Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted won’t attend former President Donald Trump’s rally in Lorain County this weekend, they said. DeWine has a family conflict and Husted didn’t elaborate on why he won’t be in attendance. In September 2020, Trump supporters booed masks, DeWine’s name and Husted at a rally near Dayton.” [Columbus Dispatch, 6/22/21]
- DeWine Said That Trump’s Lies About The 2020 Election “Threatened To Burn Down Our Democracy.” “He (DeWine) said that the president’s refusal to accept the result of the Nov. 3 election ‘has started a fire that has threatened to burn down our Democracy.’ ‘The speech that he gave preceding the march, that he gave to the protesters served only to fan those flames, encouraging the mob behavior that ensued,’ DeWine said. ‘Yesterday’s acts were shameful and all Americans must denounce them, even those Americans who feel — incorrectly — that Donald Trump won.’” [Ohio Capital Journal, 1/8/21]
- DeWine Called The Hollywood Access Tape “Wrong, Repulsive, And Unacceptable.” “DeWine, a former U.S. senator and a likely candidate for governor in 2018, posted a three-part statement on his Twitter account Saturday that criticized Trump: ‘Donald Trump’s comments are wrong, repulsive, and unacceptable. No one should ever talk about anyone that way.’” [Cleveland.com, 10/11/16]
- Husted Said He “Can’t Bring [Himself] To Vote” For Trump Or Clinton, Said “Neither Candidate Represents My Values.” “‘At this point I can’t bring myself to vote for either of them,’ he (Husted) told Cleveland.com of Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.” [Cincinnati.com, 10/13/16]
- Husted Called Trump “Awful.” “‘Words cannot express how disgusted I am with both candidates,’ Husted said in a Monday interview. ‘That’s honestly how I feel. I think they’re both awful. And as just somebody who loves our country, loves public policy, I’m just sad that the way this campaign is being run and covered because it’s not advancing any discussion on solving any real problems.’” [Cleveland.com, 10/11/16]
- Husted Said That Trump’s Candidacy Reflected People’s Anger And Said That His Tactics Did Not Represent The Kind Of Country He Wanted. “Secretary of State Jon Husted said is not a fan of Donald Trump, but thinks Gov. John Kasich is saying the right things to be a viable general election presidential candidate … ‘I think his tactics don’t speak to the aspirations of what we want for America for everybody.” [Columbus Dispatch, 9/2/15]
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