Kasich blasts Trump for sharing imprisoned Dems graphic: ‘The country’s divided enough’
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Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Thursday took aim at President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE for retweeting an image of his political opponents behind bars earlier in the week.

Kasich told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that Americans were "hungering" for an "end" to the daily controversies and "name-calling" employed by the Trump administration and others in Washington.

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"I think it's terrible," Kasich said Thursday when asked about Trump's retweet of an image showing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE, 2016 presidential opponent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump jokingly blames 'Crooked Hillary' after his rally mic stops working The Hill's Campaign Report: Two weeks to the election l Biden leads in new polls as debate looms l Trump pressures DOJ on Hunter Biden Trump remarks put pressure on Barr MORE, former President Obama, and others behind bars.

"I mean, look, the country's divided enough," he said to MSNBC's Chris Matthews. "People are hungering for an end to all this. The name-calling. The chaos. And you're the president, when you're putting things out like this ... Look Chris, I'm the governor of the 7th-largest state in the country. I got things that make me mad, get me upset. [But] I don't start putting out a list of people that are my enemies."

"I thought we got over that when Nixon left," Kasich continued.

Kasich, who could not seek reelection this year due to term limits, is a frequent critic of the president, whom he opposed in the 2016 GOP primary.

Earlier this year, he said that he had become "convinced" that the president is incapable of unifying the country. Kasich is thought to be considering a 2020 primary bid as a Republican.

“He’s not capable of being a unifier. In fact, I’ve become convinced he doesn’t know how to accept personal responsibility and always finds somebody else to blame,” Kasich told CNN in October.