Kasich declined to endorse Trump in the general election.
WASHINGTON – Ohio Governor John Kasich, one of the few Republican primary rivals of Donald Trump who withheld his endorsement after the businessman became the party’s nominee, called for unity Thursday following Trump’s surprise win.
“What we can all do as Americans is join hands, join arms, say a few prayers for the success of the President of the United States,” Kasich said during an appearance at the White House to celebrate the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team’s championship win.
Divisions between Kasich and Trump ran deep during the primary season, with the Ohio Governor going to so far as to not appear the Republican National Convention, despite it taking place within his home state.
Kasich, who was considered a potential 2020 contender if Hillary Clinton won on Tuesday, was scheduled to deliver a speech at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, but the event was canceled in the wake of the election.
The Ohio Governor praised President Barack Obama and Clinton for their cordial acceptance of Tuesday’s results, describing them as “inspirational.”
Kasich added that it was a message that demonstrators who have held protests nationwide against Trump should learn from.
“For those who are in the streets, I just want you to think about the fact that America works best when America is united. America doesn’t work best when we are divided,” Kasich said.