Many of the Republican GOP’s have been overshadowed by the nonsense and shenanigans surrounding racist Donald Trump, anti-feminist Carly Fiorina and clueless Jeb Bush, but Ohio Governor John Kasich made his presence known when he followed in the footsteps of his counterparts and made offensive remarks about Latinos.
During a campaign event in Southern California, Kasich tried to praise Latinos for their contributions to the country, and it was going okay until he started talking about tipping hotel maids.
"I look at our friends in the Latino community as people that ought to be voting Republican," Kasich said during the event. "I mean, they're very strong family. We could all learn a little from them about the importance of family, couldn't we? Because they are great, they are God-fearing, hard-working folks. And a lot of them do jobs that they're willing to do."
"That's why, in a hotel, you leave a little tip, you know?"
Um, no…we don’t know. You’re saying you leave tips at hotels because you assume all the maids in the country are God-fearing, hardworking Latinas doing a dirty job that you wouldn’t?
GOP candidate John Kasich on "hard-working" Latinos: "That's why, in a hotel, you leave a little tip, you know?" Is that a Gandhi quote?— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) September 18, 2015
It didn’t get any better after that, the White House hopeful added insult to injury by recalling a stay at a hotel during which a Latina maid wrote him a courteous note and was kind to him when he asked for more soap.
"This lady wrote me in my hotel there in L.A. She wrote this note. It said, 'I really want you to know that I care about your stay.' Is that just the greatest thing?" he said.
"So, you know, we can learn a lot and she's Hispanic, 'cause I didn't know it at the time, but I met her in the hallway — asked her if I could get a little more soap,” he added.
We can only imagine that the people in the audience, especially those of Latin descent, cringed hearing Kasich's speech.
A spokesman for Kasich later said that all he meant was that we should respect everyone in our society no matter what their occupation is, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Let’s be honest…that’s not what he really meant. Kasich meant exactly what came out which is that Latinos are only worthy of praise as it relates to the service and hospitality industries and “the jobs that only they’re willing to do,” a skewed opinion held by one too many of this election's candidates.
We're not sure just how many Latino votes he expects to get with that one.
Not sure, but I think Kasich maybe never saw the maid at all, and made up a cover story for thinking she was a Latina http://t.co/kvvG7U4EtS— David Waldman (@KagroX) September 18, 2015
That is embarrassingly out-of-touch: Kasich Praises Work Ethic Of Hispanics By Telling Story About His Hotel Maid http://t.co/W6CQMEUTNp— Lesley Wischmann (@LesleyWischmann) September 18, 2015