A female supporter shot back at Ohio Gov. John Kasich after he said women “left their kitchens” to help him campaign for public office.
Kasich reminisced about what he called the “early days” of running for state senate in 1978 at a town hall in Fairfax, Virginia Monday.
“We just got an army of people and many women who left their kitchens to go out and go door-to-door and put yard signs up for me. All the way back when things were different, you know, things were different. Now you call homes and everybody’s out working. But at that time, early days, it was an army of women that really helped me get elected to the state senate.”
When he took to the audience for questions, a supporter was quick to call out the comment.
"First off, I want to say your comment earlier about the women came out the kitchen to support you? I'll come to support you, but I won't be coming out of the kitchen,” she said.
"I gotcha, I gotcha," Kasich responded.
Criticism of Kasich’s "kitchen" remark quickly spread across the internet. A spokesperson released a statement clarifying Kasich's stance and calling the hasty backlash "desperate politics.” The statement reads:
"John Kasich’s camp gains have always been homegrown affairs. They’ve literally been run out of his friends’ kitchens and many of his early campaigning 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 the authentic support. To try and twist his comments into anything else is just desperate politics."
About 1,000 people attended the presidential candidate's town hall.
The Virginia campaign stops come two days after a weak performance in South Carolina and a day after the governor signed a bill into law cutting off state funding to Planned Parenthood.