It's no secret that, for quite some time, Donald Trump has been feuding with John Kasich. However, that feud recently came to an end, at least on Trump's side- in the form of what could be called none other than a "back down". Trump's retreat from the feud happened recently at the home of the Ohio governor; in fact, it happened in his very own backyard!
Despite some acquiescence on Trump's part, he still said that he supported waterboarding as punishment for suspected terrorists. He also mentioned how Muslims were happy about the tragic events that transpired on September 11, 2001, and he event said that he supported the tracking of Syrian refugees.
His speech (some might call it a diatribe) lasted for just under an hour, but he did have the support of quite a crowd during that time, even when he was busy criticizing Kasich. He berated the governor with subtle digs and alluded to a rumor- a rumor Kasich says is untrue - that the Ohio governor had dropped out of the presidential race.
While his hate-filled speech definitely drew attention, both in the forms of support and disdain, Kasich is really the only one who has reason to take Trump's appearance in Columbus, Ohio as a personal attack. While Trump isn't the first GOP candidate to campaign in the state, it appears that he is personally doing so as a way to intimidate Kasich.
And it appears that this, along with other "Trump attacks" may be having the intended effect. Kasich recently lost the lead in the Ohio polls to Trump. Whatever may be happening in the polls, however, Kasich is trying to maintain a positive attitude, stating that he believes his rational ideas and long history of leadership will win out in the end.
While Kasich is trying to keep things classy, Trump was doing quite the opposite up until about an hour before his presentation. He even took to Twitter to call Kasich a "dummy". It's hard to believe that a presidential candidate could stoop to such childish antics,but what's even more surprising is that he did back down a little bit on Monday.
When speaking to the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, who stood up for Kasich, Trump said, in not so many words, that he would stop attacking Kasich quite so viciously. While that "back down" may seem small, coming from Trump, it's quite a feat.
By all appearances, though, Kasich doesn't seem too worried. This whole debacle with Trump has brought him some much-needed national attention, which he has handled well and with grace and dignity, which is less than what can be said for Trump.
In fact, through all of this, Kasich has yet to make a disparaging personal remark about Trump, which says a lot for the Columbus class he carries with him at all times.