Former President Donald Trump speaks to friends on the 2023 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on April 14, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Former President Donald Trump is on his method to changing into a “four-time loser,” New Hampshire’s Republican governor argued on Sunday.
Chris Sununu told Meet the Press that Trump had blown winnable elections and badly damage Republicans in 2018, 2020, and 2022, whereas arguing that Trump is extra susceptible within the GOP main than it at present appears—and warning that he may damage the GOP in 2024.
“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 in ‘20. We should have 54 U.S. Senators right now. We don’t because of his message,” Sununu mentioned. “So Donald Trump is positioning himself to be a four-time loser in 2024. We need candidates that can win.”
The New Hampshire governor has for months insisted that the Republican Party is able to transfer on and received’t nominate Trump once more—he declared unequivocally in February that Trump “was not going to be the nominee.”
He was much less sure this time, hedging due to Trump’s clear surge in GOP main polls during the last two months following his arrest and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ current struggles on the nationwide stage. Trump has not too long ago polled above 50 % in most national Republican primary polls, almost doubling DeSantis’ help in most of these surveys, with no different Republican cracking double-digits in these polls.
But Sununu made it clear that he nonetheless thinks Trump will likely be a catastrophe if he’s the occasion’s standard-bearer within the subsequent election.
Polls bear this out: While President Biden’s ballot numbers are in dangerous form, current surveys present him beating Trump nationally and in key swing states, whilst he trails DeSantis.
And the 2022 election confirmed how a lot of a drag Trump’s conspiratorial election denialism is normally elections: His most popular House candidates ran about 5 percentage points behind different Republicans within the midterm elections, and his Senate endorsements boosted a bevy of flawed candidates who went on to lose otherwise-winnable races, leaving Democrats accountable for the Senate.
Sununu remains to be publicly toying with a 2024 run himself. He at present barely registers within the polls, however he’s pretty well-liked in his own residence state—which simply so occurs to be second on the Republican main calendar.