Ouch. John Kasich, the Republican presidential candidate and Ohio governor who signed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood this weekend, made a cringe-worthy remark on Monday during a campaign stop in Virginia, saying women "left their kitchens" to campaign for him. The comment inspired at least one woman in the crowd to respond:
"First off, I want to say about your comment earlier about the women came out of the kitchen to support you, I'll come to support you, but I wont be coming out of the kitchen."
Kasich actually has quite the history of putting his foot in his mouth when it comes to talking about women. Here, a timeline:
Kasich asks a woman if she's ever been on a diet.
Kasich tells a young woman who's trying to ask him a question that he doesn't "have any Taylor Swift concert tickets" for her.
Kasich tries to compliment Latinos but instead makes an awkward and borderline insulting reference to his hotel room's maid.
While stumping for Mitt Romney, Kasich says the wives of politicians are at home "doing laundry" and "taking care of the kids."
Kasich finished fifth in Saturday's South Carolina Republican primary with 7.6 percent of the vote.
We've reached out to his campaign for comment and will update if we hear back.
Update: Rob Nichols, a spokesman for Kasich's campaign, emailed the following statement:
"John Kasich's campaigns have always been homegrown affairs. They've literally been run out of his friends' kitchens and many of his early campaign teams were made up of stay-at-home moms who believed deeply in the changes he wanted to bring to them and their families. That's real grassroots campaigning and he's proud of that authentic support. To try and twist his comments into anything else is just desperate politics."
Hillary Clinton also weighed in with this tweet:
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