John Kasich admits to having cried after his 2016 loss to Trump

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and presidential candidate said in a recent interview that he cried when he found out he lost the presidential primary to former President Donald Trump in 2016.

According to Breitbart News, the former presidential candidate made his admission in a recent episode of the Kasich & Klepper podcast,  where he said that he thought Republicans might come to their senses on the real-estate mogul-turned-president.

“I was really hoping that we would block [Trump] and then people would come to their senses,” Kasich said on the according to the Columbus Dispatch.

“But when it was over, we got off the plane…I went behind this building, and I cried. I had one cry. Then I went to my daughter’s school – and that was really hard – and they had gotten wind of it and then they came out and gave me a big hug.” But then it was over. It was a wonderful experience.”

Kasich is not a senior contributor for CNN and has not made any bones about his opinion of Trump in the years since his emotional loss to the former president. Included in his cable news offerings have been multiple attacks on Trump’s America First politics and brash personal style.

The former candidate also talked about what it was like being in political office, outside of the 2016 presidential campaign, saying that he doesn’t miss being the governor of Ohio:

“People say, ‘Do you miss being governor?’ It is a powerful position in the 7th-largest state,” he stated. “And I said no because I knew what was going to come, and the job doesn’t define me.”

Kasich said early in 2021 that the Republican Party will come to an end if it continues to be closely affiliated with the 45th president of the United States:

“If it stays a Trump party in the long term, it will not be successful. It will begin to die. Frankly, it’s dying already, because a lot of people have left the party. There is a chance for them to get back on their feet,” he said to host Dana Bash at the time.