John Kasich Defends Himself After He's Caught Eating Pizza With a Fork and Knife
John Kasich has "defended” himself after he was caught eating pizza with a fork and knife during a visit to Queens, New York.
The Ohio governor defended himself on Good Morning America on Thursday, saying: "Look, the pizza came scalding hot, ok? And so I use a little fork.”
He ate the slice on Wednesday afternoon at Gino's pizzeria in Howard Beach after he had a town hall at a nearby church. Kasich also gave out free pizza to surprised customers at the restaurant.
The presidential hopeful hails from the Midwest, where it's customary to eat pizza with a knife and fork in many areas.
But Kasich isn't the first to be guilty of the New York pizza faux pas. Donald Trump and Sarah Palin also ate a slice in Times Square with a fork and knife in 2011.
Jon Stewart had a field day with the incident on The Daily Show back then in an eight-minute long bit.
At the end of the segment, the then-host of the Comedy Central program pulled out a slice to show the former Alaska governor and real estate tycoon how to properly eat a slice of New York pizza.
Even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was spotted eating pizza with utensils in 2014.
The mayor was at Goodfellas Italian restaurant in Staten Island when he was photographed eating a pie with a fork and knife. A writer at New York magazine called the incident a “disaster.” It even inspired the trending topic #ForkGate.
Jon Stewart hit back again in another episode of the Daily Show. He said: “It is the greatest sin a New Yorker could do, next to, obviously, doing carnal things with an onion bagel.”
A new poll in Wisconsin from Marquette Law School shows Ted Cruz leading Trump 40 percent to 30 percent. John Kasich trails with 21 percent - and his pizza eating skills may not endear him to New Yorkers.