Kayla Solsbak attends the University of Richmond and was excited to learn that GOP presidential candidate John Kasich would be holding a forum at the school. She wasn’t so happy after what he said to her … When she was given the chance to ask him a question, this is how he replied:
“I don’t have any tickets for Taylor Swift, or Linkin Park. Go ahead, yes, I know you’re just so excited.”
“The real issue was that Kasich chose not to listen to students in his forum. Kasich came to Richmond to pander to retired Republicans. He could gain points by belittling me and my peers, so that's what he did. … What continues to strike me is the hypocrisy of his condescension. He touted his ambitious energy as an 18-year-old man, but as soon as I, an 18-year-old woman, exhibited ambition, I became the target of his joke. The same passion that drove Kasich to speak with President Nixon drove me to ask the candidate a question I care deeply about. In a way, I was taking the governor's advice: 'Always ask'”
“I’m sure you get invited to all of the parties.”
And Kayla Solsbak isn’t buying anyone’s excuse:
“The president leads the country, not the VMAs, and it's insulting that the governor doesn't think we can distinguish between the two. I didn't go to a town hall forum for Taylor Swift tickets, Governor Kasich. I went because it's my civic duty to be an informed voter. Please start treating me like one.”
But, again, she’s a female and he’s a Republican, so he doesn’t know how to treat women as equals. Or, at least, he doesn’t show it.