Foot, meet mouth.

John Kasich stepped in it Monday when talking about his campaign for Ohio state Senate in 1978.

“How did I get elected [to the legislature]?” Kasich asked a crowd in Fairfax, Va. “I didn’t have anybody for me. We just got an army of people, who, and many women, who left their kitchens to go out and go door to door and to put yard signs up for me. All the way back when — you know things were different.”

See the problem? It’s “left their kitchens,” a phrase that might have been true of some of Kasich’s women supporters in the late ’70s but sounds tone deaf and belittling to contemporary ears.

Sensing a problem, Kasich’s campaign put out a statement.

“John Kasich’s campaigns have always been homegrown affairs,” a spokesman said, according to NBC News. “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. … 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.”

Still, the statement didn’t stop a backlash on Twitter. Here’s a selection of the response, joking and not: