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:
Maybe Kasich meant that he's getting a lot of support from top female chefs.— ryan teague beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) February 22, 2016
Does Kasich think the men who campaign for him did so at the expense of their tinder-cutting, scotch-swigging and tractor-driving?— Dana Liebelson (@dliebelson) February 22, 2016