POSTED BY MARTIN KICH
“Let’s not judge the president on what he says.” New GOP Senate Candidate Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH)
In case you are wondering whether the context might somehow make the comment less dubious, here is an excerpt from an article written by Darrel Rowland and Jessica Wehrman for the Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci, who dropped out of the GOP gubernatorial primary Thursday in order to run for the U.S. Senate, appeared on Fox & Friends, where he defended the man he desperately needs for his fledgling U.S. Senate campaign.
“I’ve said all along the president many times says what people are thinking,” Renacci told Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade.
It’s a line the Wadsworth Republican has used repeatedly when asked about Trump, but it’s the first time Renacci has applied it to a statement widely condemned as overtly racist.
“I learned as a business guy you have to be careful what you say because people pick everything up,” Renacci said. “Believe me, when I have a mic on I have got to watch what I say. That is a business guy going into a political career.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Renacci remarked, “I think a lot like the president.” . . .
Renacci said America shouldn’t be judging the president by what he is saying now, adding that he “absolutely” wants Trump by his side as he seeks the GOP Senate nomination.
“I always say judge the president after four years. Let’s judge the president after what we’ve done — let’s not judge the president on what he says,” Renacci said.
The Fox interview is posted on Renacci’s Twitter feed — although his remarks defending Trump’s comments were not included.
Appearing on MSNBC a few hours later, Ohio Gov. John Kasich called Trump’s comments “not helpful” and “terrible.”
Rowland and Wehrman’s complete article is available at: http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180112/renacci-defends-kasich-condemns-trumps-s-hole-remark.