John Kasich claims Trump's concerns about mail-in voting are 'just a big joke'


On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night, former Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich discussed his thoughts on President Donald Trump's warnings of fraud with mail-in ballots.

When asked if it was surprising or disappointing that Trump had called mail-in voting and the election "fixed," Kasich told Kimmel, "When these results are in, we will have as many, you know, maybe as much as 20 percent of the public saying that the election was not legitimate. If you have a situation like that and people don't legitimize the election, that is a very dangerous road we go down."

"First of all, he hurt his own supporters by saying that this is all fraud, because now they're not going to vote by mail," added Kasich. "The Democrats are voting by mail in avalanche numbers. But secondly, to create and sow discord and doubt about the legitimacy of a presidential election, it's dangerous, and it should never have happened."

Kasich also pointed out that Ohio has been using mail-in voting for 15 years with no issues. "They do it well and we've found no instances of fraud. That's just a big joke. And it's wrong."

Kasich, who is a member of the Republican party, also stated that he has been disappointed that the Republican party has "ceased to be a party of ideas" and "haven't stood up."

"The Democrats could have a really good election this time, but they've got to make sure they don't veer far left, Jimmy, because I think, you know, the practicality of our country is people coming in the middle and growing the base from the middle out, not the extremes in. If the Republicans don't get their act together, and if the Democrats go far left, I think there's room for a third party in America. I think it could actually happen. I think the ground is fertile for that. We just have to wait and see."

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on ABC.

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