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John Kasich’s new book makes incredible claim about why Trump won election

In John Kasich's new book, “Two Paths: America Divided or United,” Kasich laid the blame for Trump’s rise to power on numerous groups and individuals, including the spiritual decline in America. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has been one of President Donald Trump’s biggest Republican critics, but in Kasich’s new book, he delivered perhaps one of his most scathing assessments of Trump and the voters who supported him.

In “Two Paths: America Divided or United,” Kasich laid the blame for Trump’s rise to power on numerous groups and individuals, including the news media and laying politicians, but he also asserted one of the primary reasons Trump won was because of the spiritual decline in America.

“I happen to believe that you can’t guide an entire society without a shared religious foundation,” Kasich wrote.

“I saw Trump’s reckless entreaties as a weakening of our shared American values -- even more so, a coarsening of our shared American values … Donald Trump gave the impression of a man who would do or say anything to get attention, even incite a crowd to violence,” Kasich wrote.

Kasich also said in the book Trump connected with voters because they were angry and many felt a sense of “hopelessness.”

“What the voters were telling us in this election was that they were angry, that they were feeling that their lives were out of control, that there was a sense of helplessness and hopelessness in the heartland,” Kasich wrote.

John Kasich surprised supporters in March when he announced on CNN he doesn’t believe he’ll run for political office again. Kasich’s term as governor of Ohio will end in January 2019.

“My job, believe me, my job is to be a voice that’s constructive,” Kasich said to CNN host Dana Bash. “I’m not really interested in running for political office again. I’m interested in being a voice that can help bring the country together again. And I don’t want to be self-righteous or any of this stuff. I’m doing the best I can.”

(H/T: Tribune News Service)

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