Wisconsin Sheriff Digs Up Damning Video of Republican John Kasich

March 17, 2016 Updated: March 18, 2016

A sheriff in Wisconsin has brought a video back up that he believes shows something huge about a Republican presidential candidate.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says Ohio Gov. John Kasich is a “rat bastard” for what the video shows eight years ago.

Have you ever been stopped by a policeman who was an idiot?
— John Kasich

The traffic stop footage, recorded from a police cruiser’s dash cam, shows a number of cars moving over on an Ohio highway due to a parked police car with its lights flashing on the side. But Kasich then drives by without yielding. 

Police officer Robert Barrett pulls Kasich over for violating the law of properly passing a stationary public safety vehicle. 

But Kasich insists he didn’t notice the police car, meaning he didn’t knowingly break the law. “It happens to everyone on occasion, sir. You kind of have to watch out,” responds Barrett.

The traffic stop ends when Barrett informs Kasich he’ll have to appear in court due to the severity of the traffic offense.

But 10 days later, Kasich, while speaking to state EPA workers, called Barrett an “idiot” multiple times. 

“Have you ever been stopped by a policeman who was an idiot?” he asked his audience. “I had this idiot pull me over on 315. Listen to this story. He says to me, you passed this emergency vehicle on the side of the road and you didn’t yield. I didn’t even see, where the heck was it. The last thing I would ever do would be to pass an emergency vehicle. Are you kidding me?”

The policeman, Kasich continued, “tells me if you don’t report to court, we are putting a warrant out for your arrest. He’s an idiot! We just can’t act that way, and what people resent is people who are in the government, who don’t treat the client with respect.”

Three years later, shortly after being elected, Kasich apologized to Barrett in a private meeting.

But Clarke, the Wisconsin sheriff, wanted to resurface the video, believing it makes a crucial point about Kasich.