Ohio Gov. John Kasich pokes curiously at a slice of pizza with a fork. (Image via Getty)

On a visit to Gino’s Pizzeria in Howard Beach, Queens on Wednesday, an irritable and apparently disturbed man from Ohio ate a slice of pizza with a knife and fork. He was ridiculed far and wide, because you can’t do that. On Thursday morning, he went on Good Morning America to explain himself.

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“Look, look, the pizza came scalding hot, OK? And so I use a little fork,” Governor Kasich said defensively. Politico notes that Kasich did recognize his error mid-slice and finished it with his hands, but did not fold the slice, “as is customary.”

I will add that the pizza, pictured, does not look like a “scalding” hot slice of pizza, or one that would be difficult to eat at all, and while I’m sure this is John Kasich’s truth, I must completely reject it.

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But Kasich continued, trying to spin the narrative: “You know what? My wife who is on spring break with my daughters said, ’I’m proud of you. You finally learned how to use a utensil properly.’ But I mean — not only did I eat the pizza, I had the hot sausage. It was fantastic.”

What an absolute nightmare.