Conservative radio host Glenn Beck blasted John Kasich‘s decision to stay in the race for the GOP presidential nomination Wednesday, arguing that the Ohio governor will only siphon votes away from Ted Cruz and pave a path for Donald Trump to secure the candidacy. Kasich announced that he would not drop out of the race on Tuesday night, buoyed by a primary victory in his home state.
“Kasich, I mean, excuse my language, but, you son of a bitch, the republic is at stake,” Beck said on his radio program. “This is not like a normal race. The republic is at stake.”
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Beck also derided Kasich’s victory speech, particularly taking issue with a confetti shower that punctuated his remarks. “When I saw that confetti come down on his head last night, I was like, ‘What did you win?’ That’s like confetti coming down when I go to the bathroom and I flush my toilet and it works,” Beck joked. “Of course, it’s supposed to work. … This is your home state. You just won your home state.”
According to Beck, Kasich’s presence in the race only serves to divide the GOP. “If you put this together and it was an incredible third party, not establishment, an incredible third party, and said, ‘We’re not going to be the GOP anymore,’ I think you get a lot of independents voting for it,” he said. “Because the GOP, especially if the GOP throws their weight behind Donald Trump, if he wins the nomination and they throw their weight behind Donald Trump, it’s over.”
Formerly the host of Glenn Beck on the Fox News Channel, Beck launched his own news television network called TheBlaze TV in 2012. He announced that he would endorse Cruz in January and has appeared on the campaign trail for the Texas senator at various stops around the country.