Those seconds come in the segment from last night’s debate that you see in the YouTube video below, w Kasich answers the question asked of each of the four surviving candidates: will you support the Republican nominee, no matter what? I.e., even if it’s Donald Trump?
The preceding 24 hours of political history had been extraordinary, as the remnants of the GOP establishment turned in revulsion against Trump.
A bunch of foreign-policy eminences, ranging from hawks and neocon hardliners to members of the “Realist” camp, put out a statement of “United opposition to a Donald Trump presidency.” The party’s immediately previous nominee, Mitt Romney, who in normal times would still be at least the honorific leader of his side, blasted Trump as a “Fraud” and “Phony” in a powerful speech yesterday morning.
Then in the evening, the first hour-and-a-half-plus of the debate consisted of arguments from Kasich, Cruz, and Rubio about the outrageousness, unacceptability, phoniness, and clownishness of Trump and what he represents.
I will work as hard as I can to keep Donald Trump from being our nominee – and I cannot support him as a potential president.
Look at it this way, Governor Kasich: What do you have to lose? If you say you’ll support Trump, as you just did, then you lose in three ways: Your criticism of him rings hollow; you make it all the more likely that the Trump Express keeps rolling on; and you badly weaken your own case as the sane-Republican’s alternative in some convention-breakdown scenario.
You have avoided the humiliation visited upon Chris Christie, in his role as spoils-of-war captive at Trump appearances.
Yes, critics could unkindly point out that Romney had been eager for Trump’s endorsement four years ago.
At least Romney has taken his stand as regards Trump 2016.