GOP governor sets sights on challenging Trump in 2020 primary

Sources close to Ohio governor John Kasich are claiming the former presidential candidate is eyeing another run against President Trump, as he feels a growing sense of “moral imperative” to do so.

People close to Kasich’s campaign told Willie Geist of the “Today” show that following President Trump’s comments on the racial violence in Charlottesville this past weekend, Kasich feels it is his duty to run against him.

“NEW: Sources close to @JohnKasich tell me, after Charlottesville, there is growing sense of “moral imperative” to primary Trump in 2020,” Geist tweeted Wednesday.

Kasich was outspoken against Trump on Tuesday, after the president said “many sides” were to blame for the incident in Charlottesville and subsequently doubled down on his statement. Criticizing him, Kasich said, “There is no moral equivalency to Nazi sympathizers.”

Kasich and Trump have long espoused antithetical political views, campaigning hard against one another in the 2016 presidential election. Kasich continued: “There can be no room in America — or the Republican Party — for racism, anti-Semitism, hate or white nationalism. Period.”

President Donald. J. Trump repeated what he said on Saturday, which is that both sides are guilty of violence and hate. He said the reason he didn’t call out David Duke on Saturday is that he did not know the former leader of the KKK was at the event. “I want the facts before I make a statement,” said Trump, who claims he did not know all the facts about the event when he made his comments.

President Donald. J. Trump said the “alt-left” had people at the Virginia park Saturday who came prepared to fight with clubs and bats. “How about them? Do they have any responsibility?” he asked.

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