‘This language of ‘enemy of the press’ is some of the most outrageous language I’ve ever heard…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Ohio Governor John Kasich defended the media during a ribbon-cutting event on Thursday morning, criticizing President Donald Trump’s claim that fake news is the “enemy of the people.”
“I love the media,” Kasich said, according to Channel 22, an ABC News local affiliate. “I’m probably going to end up at some point back in the media again.
“The media is absolutely invaluable. The media is designed to keep those in power accountable to the people and anytime you erode the media, anytime you weaken the media, you make the big shots more powerful.”
Kasich unveiled Buckeye Lake’s new dam at the event, which will preserve the state park and the surrounding community.
Kasich also pushed for “red flag” legislation, which he’s tried to convince the Ohio legislature to pass for nearly a year.
The outgoing, term-limited governor said the legislation would increase gun regulations and create a system to take away firearms who pose a risk to other people and themselves.
Republicans in the state House have refused to get behind the plan, though.
“If somebody is unstable in the workplace or your family and they pose a threat to other people, they shouldn’t have a gun and once they get stabilized they can get their gun back,” Kasich said at the ribbon-cutting.
Kasich will be succeeded as governor by Republican Mike DeWine, who won election on Tuesday.
When asked what his future plans are after leaving office, Kasich said he may “rejoin the media,” and criticized Trump for attacking various networks.
“This language of ‘enemy of the press’ is some of the most outrageous language I’ve ever heard out of a political leader, let alone the president of the United States,” he said. “It’s terrible and I reject it.”