New Hampshire

Sununu says Trump ‘mucking up’ ’24 announcement

Some Republicans may fear former President Donald Trump’s political prowess, but New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is not among them.

During a national radio interview on Friday, the GOP governor criticized Trump’s reported decision to launch his 2024 bid this week, saying it was “stupid” and revealing the former president’s lack of understanding of “ground game politics.”

And, Sununu added, Trump’s move risks “screwing up” Republicans’ hopes of winning the US Senate runoff in Georgia and thereby potential control of the Senate.

Sununu, just re-elected by a 15-point margin amid a blue wave in Granite State, made his comments on Julie Mason’s Sirius XM radio program.

When asked if Trump’s decision to announce this week was “good” or “terrible,” Sununu chose the latter.

“Find me someone in America who thinks this is a good idea,” Sununu laughed. Sununu, who has hinted he could run in the race himself, said Trump’s decision won’t keep anyone out of the race — though Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said he decided not to run soon after Trump’s decision clearly, an announcement was on the way.

Sununu added that Trump’s decision raises questions about his political acumen.

“It’s going to be a very awkward thing when it’s just him in the running. Nobody will really care. It’s going to be weird,” Sununu said. “I don’t think they thought that through very well.

“He’s really great at understanding the gut feeling of the voters that connects to the anger and fire of a lot of people. But when it comes to political instincts in ground combat, that would be a stupid decision.”

It wasn’t the first time Sununu had lashed out at Trump. After Tuesday night’s GOP fade, he told Fox News the election results hurt Trump’s cause.

“Do you see a lot of people saying, ‘Gosh, I can’t wait to be arm in arm with former President Trump’ after we’ve had the results we’ve had?” Sununu asked. “I can not imagine that. There’s going to be a lot of distancing: from money, from voters, from people clearly saying they’ve decided it’s time for us to move on.”

Sununu also called out Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) for bringing a national abortion ban into the race, and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) for “getting scared people” with his Social Security proposals. “You have unnecessarily poured gas on the fire.”

Sununu is hardly alone in blaming Donald Trump for the GOP’s struggles. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a longtime Trump ally, added his own criticism.

“We lost 18. We lost 20. We lost 21 in Georgia. And now, in 1922, we’re going to lose governorships, we won’t get the number of seats in the House that we thought we would, and we may not win the Senate, despite a president who has a job 40 percent approval,” Christie said . “There’s only one person to blame for this, and that’s Donald Trump.”

Michael Graham is the managing editor of

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