How will Trump respond to this?
On Sunday, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (R) stated that Republicans are searching for a presidential candidate who has the potential to win. Additionally, he highlighted that the GOP suffered losses in the last three elections due to former President Trump.
In transcript provided by The Hill, Sununu attacked Trump and even went as far as calling him a loser saying, “Republicans want someone who can win in November of ‘24. Donald Trump is a loser. He has not just lost once. He lost us … our House seats in 2018. He lost everything and ‘20. We should have 54 U.S. senators right now and we don’t because of his message. So, Donald Trump is positioning himself to be a four-time loser in 2024.”
According to Sununu, even though Republicans have shown support for the former president amidst several investigations, it does not guarantee their vote. He emphasized that voters usually remain unsure about their preferred candidate until three weeks prior to the election. Sununu added that new contenders may join the race and debates will play a crucial role in determining the nominee.
“You know, you can’t govern if you don’t win,” Sununu added.
“And again, so he drags that ticket down,” Sununu said, referencing Trump. “I think that reality is going to really come to bear through the primary process. So I understand folks are supporting him. They think that a lot of the stuff with the DA is political, which I believe it is too, by the way.”
Sununu pointed out that Trump often portrays himself as a victim, but what Republicans seek is a candidate who will stand up and fight for their cause. The governor also mentioned that the former president failed to deliver on his campaign pledges such as constructing a border wall and overhauling healthcare.
Sununu reiterated that Republicans desire a candidate who is not only a fighter but also capable of winning elections. He criticized Trump’s unfulfilled promises of draining the swamp, building a border wall, and implementing healthcare reforms. Sununu further emphasized that Trump’s administration failed to exercise fiscal discipline and added $8 trillion to the national debt. Therefore, the GOP seeks fighters who can win elections and take accountability for their actions.
Sununu has previously expressed skepticism about Trump becoming the nominee and firmly stated that it is not going to happen.