REPORT: Popular GOP gov explains why Trump’s announcement ‘fell flat’

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Two weeks after comfortably winning his fourth two-year term as governor of New Hampshire, Chris Sununu opened up about the current state of the Republican Party, its current leadership, and whether he’d ever run for the U.S. Senate or even seek his party’s nomination for president.

But first, he wanted to talk about his success, a success he attributes to focusing on the issues, the people, and staying drama-free. “I tried to keep it as uneventful as possible,” he said, “but I guess the Senate race was pretty eventful.” Sununu handily defeated Democratic challenger state Sen. Tom Sherman to return to manage the state of under 2 million.

The governor is the son of former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu and brother of seven siblings, including former Sen. John E. Sununu. An MIT graduate, he is an engineer by trade, a married father of three, and an avid outdoorsman and sportsman who completed a five-month through-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia 24 years ago.


Sununu said his campaign focused on the concerns of his constituents.

“The No. 1 issue you always heard about was inflation,” he said. “In New England, it’s really about electricity, electricity prices, lack of natural gas because all across New England, we’re in real trouble when it comes to energy. The really dumb policies of many of the states around me have shut down power plants that we really need, and if we hit a cold snap, we’re going to be in trouble. You combine that with Biden not producing enough fossil fuels and natural gas, and all the things we need to stay warm in the winter. That’s a scare, especially if you’re a lower-income family or fixed-income. That’s very, very scary stuff, so that was the No. 1 issue.”

Sununu said Republicans were less successful in the midterms because they didn’t believe in the abilities of his party.

“People just didn’t have any faith that the Republicans running for the federal seats were going to be the ones to fix the policies like inflation concerns that were important to them because of some extremism and some partisanship,” he said. “To the Democrats’ credit, they did a good job pre-defining our candidates very early on while they were still in primaries as crazy or extreme. And when you get pre-defined like that, before you even get a chance to truly introduce yourself to the more mainstream independent voters, you’re now coming from a defensive position as opposed to, ‘Here I am, and this is what I’m about.”

Sununu said questioned the logic behind Trump’s midterm plan.

“The first question I have is, what moronic political consultants said, ‘Yeah, we’re only a few days away from the general election, let’s bring Trump in’?” he said. “Well, what are you possibly going to gain by that? There’s nothing to be had; you’re going after independent undecided voters. Those people have nothing to do with Trump, unless there was some bizarre poll that told me that there’s a lot of Trump voters sitting on the sidelines, but that was not the case.”

Also, according to the exit polling, Trump’s negative ratings were even worse than Joe Biden’s among those who voted.

Sununu said Trump’s announcement on running again in 2024 “fell flat” because he abandoned what he’d excelled at in 2016 – appealing to people’s real needs. Instead he’s been focused on a long list of grievances as his new platform.

“You got to be a little more genuine. You’ve got to talk to people at a more gut, real level,” he said. “As soon as you start becoming self-serving in your endeavor, voters are smart — they see it a mile away, and they’re going to move on.”

“I mean, there’s a reason why Trump made his big announcement and it fell completely flat,” he said. “Because it was about him. It wasn’t aspirational.”

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38 COMMENTS

    • Personally I didn’t feel it was about himself. He told about reinstating the military with an apology and back pay, he told about getting the economy going by using what we had, he hit every issue. Sununu is NOT his Dad. He is a Northeastern RINO Republican and has NEVER been keen on Trump. If it “fell flat’ at all it’s because of 2022 election and once again widespread fraud.

  1. Sorry to say but this man is telling the truth. Mr for one though I like Trump I am tired of all the drama and accusations surrounding him. If he wins the Presidency which I doubt it will be another 4 years of pure nightmare. He won’t be able to govern because he will spend the time trying to defend himself. Most likely he will again make poor choices in his cabinet that will make sure he will be nailed to his coffin.

    • I agree. I think overall Trump was a great President, and I also suspect he got robbed in 2020 given all we have learned about voting anomalies etc. But fact is that there is such an ingrained dislike of him thanks to CNN etc., there are people who would not vote for him under any circumstances because they believe he is every bad thing that the Left says about him. DeSantis for example is to me still a conservative and an effective one, and he doesn’t have all the negative baggage that has been hung on Trump including the endless investigations in an attempt to besmirch his image.

      Whoever is the candidate from the GOP, we have to come together to support them. It will do no good to ‘send a message’ and end up with President Harris or something.

      • Don’t think for a minute that if DeSantis was the GOP presidential nominee or actual president that the dems would leave him alone??? Remember the fabricated russia collusion hoax?? The dems would leave a republican alone only if they were as corrupt as them.

      • Ra, they will do the same to DeSantis, or anyone else who wants to unveil the corruption. don’t kid yourself. Stand with Trump! Trump will get us out of this mess. Forget his baggage, focus on his policies!

      • Trump’s only baggage before declaring for the nomination in 2016 was his reality star persona. The Democrats’ media mocked him at first, then demonized him as he closed in on the nomination. The same media would vilify DeSantis if he runs. The more consequential the presidency, the more drama it will generate. The bigger the omelette, the more broken eggs. We need to end the Deep State’s death grip on our government. In its fight for survival, it has deposed Trump and brought us to the edge of civil war. We need to reinstate the president and urge him to do everything necessary to restore constitutional government.

    • Delia….Trump was outstanding and will no doubt be elected…100%. You need to stop listening to all the rinos, democrats and stop watching cnn. Hopefully you’ll see the light…if not just vote for biden like you did the last election.

    • Hey Delia go 🖕yourself you want politicians in office we want all politicians gone . They talk shit and do nothing at the end of the day so you vote for yours and we split the party anfmd the dems destroy the country no problem when the fighting starts your just as much the enemy as them because you have no backbone . I am tired of problems whiny worthless rino is what you are . Simple as that

    • You are buying the scam hook,line,and sinker! You believe the mantra, Desantis is Trump without the baggage. So lets delive into this a little bit.
      Why are so many globalist donors donating to Desantis if he’s Trump without the baggage? Are we to believe they are more concerned with baggage then getting their globalist policies pushed through? I think not!
      Second, why are Desantis’ new best friends McCarthy and Ryan, who have as POllster Richard Baris said “blown up his head to take down Trump” Are we not known by the company we keep? and throw in his talks with Romney’s team for his Presidential run that he has denied though he already asked Fredericks to head his VA office. And lastly, if he is trump without the baggage, why aren’t they hounding him 24 -7 and why did they LET him win his race? Have you seen Trump’s crowds? Without MAGA Desnatis will NOT win and when Trump had the FL rally in Miami and Desantis had his own, Trump DWARFED him BIG TIME. Sorry there is something very funny about what is going on. I wonder what Desantis has promised his globalist pals. They don’t want to elect someone who isn’t going to put forth their agenda. And I know he has not governed that way as governor, but they are sinking beacoup bucks into him, to not get what THEY want in return!!! Be very careful. How many times have we been royally fooled in the past???? Too many to count!!!

    • Delin, “pure nightmare” for whom? For u? Trump is the one who went thru and is still going thru a pure nightmare for u and all the American people, and u want to bail on him, r u kidding me. A pure nightmare is what we r going thru now, high inflation, high crime, open borders, energy dependence etc. Wake up, Delia, see the light! Stand with Trump, be loyal! We need to get this country back on track, Trump did it before and he will do it again!

    • Why didn’t I know about this poll? If I’d known that Trump was having a rally, I would have watched it, but since inflation went up, I can’t afford cable or a damn newspaper. If he has a rally , I certainly would be watching it. Stop trolling this page if you are not a fan or a republican for that matter.

  2. Sununu has no clue how bad of shape the corruption has put this country in. We need no Rino’s or passive republicans to fix it. Trump!!!

  3. What I take exception to…is in the title ; “POPULAR GOVERNOR” tells why Trumps announcement fell flat. Are you KIDDING ME? He’s a RINO governor of a very small state. He’s riding on his dad’s name. I’ve heard many people say they’ve never heard of him.
    We are being inundated every day here about how BAD Trump is all of a sudden.???? Really? If anything, honest people should be lifting him up…we’ve SEEN the lies and big government actor’s he’s had to fight every day for 6 years. Is that ok with everyone all of a sudden? If we let this happen to him, it WILL be done to the rest of us! Stand up everyone. Don’t fall in this trap. They are rabid in their desire to divide us!

  4. He’s right . The Republicans ran horrible candidates and gave people no reason to waste the gas to vote for these losers . President Trump cost us the midterms. I’m with Ron

    • Bye John the rino I wi not vote for DeSantis we can split the party and your president biden get to finish what he started and you sir are the enemy then also doesn’t matter while trump put money in your pockets youvspitbon him you disgust me all I can say is alot of people can show there true colors rino worthless scumbags is wgat you are that man fought for 6 years for you and you spineless bitches curl up and say I’ll vote for the rinos ,you disgust me and fml I see how you jumped on the DeSantis vandwagon to the same DeSantis that asked trump yo help him . People are sickening

  5. Screw him! His opinion doesn’t mean squat to me. Were it not for who his daddy was and the deep red nature of NH politics, Sununu would now be lucky to be the night manager at a Bob’s Big Boy restaurant.

  6. DEMOCRATS CAN BURN IN HELL!

    RINOS CAN GO F THEMSELVES!

    I DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT ALL THE LIBERAL MEDIA LIES AND BASELESS ATTACKS ON TRUMP!

    TRUMP WILL HAVE MY VOTE BECAUSE HE IS THE ONLY PERSON THAT IS ABLE TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST THE SYSTEMATIC DESTRUCTION OF AMERICA BY DEMOCRATS!

    IMAGINE IF TRUMP HAD THE SUPPORT OF THE RINOS THROUGHOUT HIS PRESIDENCY AND AFTER. THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF AMERICA WOULD ALREADY BE OVER!

    VOTE FOR DESANTIS OR ANYONE ELSE OVER TRUMP AND GUARANTEE THE DEMOCRATS WIN.

    I’M NOT SURE AMERICA WILL SURVIVE BIDEN – LITERALLY!

    ADD FOUR MORE YEARS OF DEMOCRAT INSANITY AND WE ARE DONE!

    CHINA WINS WITHOUT A FIGHT!

    THE DOLLAR IS REPLACED!

    OUR TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF SENSELESS DEBT BANKRUPTS US!

    QUALITY OF LIFE IN AMERICA PLUMMETS TO DEPRESSION-LIKE CONDITIONS!

    OUR “FRIENDS” ABANDON US TO SAVE THEIR OWN ASSES!

    IT’S OVER! IF NOT ALREADY!

  7. THE NUMBER ONE GOAL OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY AND THEIR MEDIA ALLIES IS TO CREATE A DIVIDED REPUBLICAN PARTY!

    LIKE IT OR NOT, NO REPUBLICAN CAN WIN THE PRESIDENCY WITHOUT THE DIE HARD TRUMP SUPPORTERS!

    THAT IS NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN ANYTIME SOON!

    IT’S JUST ABOUT THE NUMBERS!

    IT’S TIME TO TIGHTEN UP THE RANKS AND SUPPORT TRUMP OR KISS IT ALL GOODBYE!

    THE DEMOCRATS ALREADY UNDERSTAND THAT!

    THEY KNOW THAT THEY WIN WITH A DIVIDED REPUBLICAN PARTY!

  8. Without reading any comments above, who says it fell flat? That is not how I feel about his announcement. It elated me! Trump 2024 🇺🇸 ♥️ He is our best chance of getting America back to energy independence and draining the swamp!

  9. This guy who said it “fell flat”, on who? Depends on who thinks that way. I see the strategy of Republicans talking and seemingly trying to sway people away from Trump. What don’t some of you get?? Trump cares for the nation. Put aside how he is sometimes. Desantis IS NOT the man for right now. He will be in the near future. All you Republicans better get on the ship. You are now the ones causing division and the Democrats are loving it. It will not be the Democrats who will be the cause of loss, rather the Republicans, because now I hear some say “I am for Desantis or I am for Trump!”

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