Elections

Donald Trump Debuts A New Nickname For John Kasich

Republican front-runner Donald Trump unveiled a new nickname Monday for his primary opponent John Kasich: “1 for 38 Kasich.”

The nickname is a reference to the fact that Kasich has won just one contest in the primary season so far — in Ohio, where he’s a sitting governor.

“Lyin’ [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] and 1 for 38 Kasich are unable to beat me on their own so they have to team up (collusion) in a two on one,” Trump tweeted Monday. “Shows weakness!”


He followed up the tweet with another attacking both Cruz and Kasich: “Shows how weak and desperate Lyin’ Ted is when he has to team up with a guy who openly can’t stand him and is only 1 win and 38 losses.” 

Kasich, whom Trump had previously referred to primarily by his last name, is the latest candidate to get a nickname from the New York businessman. Trump had previously nicknamed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz “Lyin’ Ted” and Florida Sen. [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore], who dropped out of the race last month, “Little Marco.” Trump gave some insight into his moniker forming process earlier this month.

“He just looked like Little Marco to me,” Trump told New York Magazine. “And it’s not Little. It’s Liddle. L-I-D-D-L-E. And it’s not L-Y-I-N-G Ted Cruz. It’s L-Y-I-N apostrophe. Ted’s a liar, so that was easy.”

Most recently, Trump began calling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary.”

Some had previously speculated Kasich’s lack of a nickname was even worse than any name Trump could come up with for the Ohio governor. “Is it more insulting that Trump hasn’t even come up with a Kasich nickname yet?” New York Times reporter Matt Flegenheimer tweeted.

Trump released the new nickname after Cruz and Kasich announced Sunday night they would form an alliance to stop him from reaching the 1,237 delegate threshold he needs to win the Republican nomination.

Trump joked about the pronunciation of Kasich’s name at a rally in Connecticut Saturday.

“I don’t know how to pronounce his name — Kasich. It’s -i-c-h,” Trump said, according to The Hill. “Every time I see it I say Kas-itch. But it’s pronounced Kas-ick.”

He went so far as to suggest the governor change the spelling of his name.

“Can we ask him to change the spelling of his name?” he said. “Are we allowed to do that? It’s so ridiculous.”

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