Sununu Defends Trump Over Manhattan Criminal Trial: ‘People See It More As Reality TV’
Chris Sununu, Governor, State of New Hampshire speaks onstage during the 2022 Concordia Lexington Summit - Day 1 at Lexington Marriott City Center on April 07, 2022 in Lexington, Kentucky.
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Governor Chris Sununu (R-NH) said this week that former President Donald Trump’s criminal trial in Manhattan will not have the political ramifications that many of Trump’s detractors believe it will.

Sununu made the remarks during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ “This Week” when asked if he would support Trump even if he was convicted.

“Yeah, look, this trial is not going to have major political ramifications that a lot of people, I think, think it may have,” he said. “And when it comes to these issues, people see it more as reality TV at this point. They really do. And so, you know, whether it’s a conviction or what that conviction looks like, a lot of folks, they conflate all four of these different trials that he’s in.”

“I don’t think it’s good that he’s going to be in the court, have to be in there probably three days a week, you know, for a number of weeks. That takes him off the campaign trail,” he continued. “He’ll probably go back on the campaign trail and almost, like, rehash what’s going on. He’ll try to victimize it. And that has worked for him, right? I mean, this has been going on for over a year, and his poll numbers never seem to go down because of the issue.”

Stephanopoulos said that he wanted Sununu to answer the question in terms of “right and wrong” and not through the lens of politics.


“This is about politics,” Sununu said. “That’s what people are judging this on. And the ultimately, you know, decision will be in November, to see where people are. But for months, and even over a year, we’ve heard that these are the things that are going to bring Donald Trump down. It’s not. And to think that the American public is going to be massively swayed by this, politically or otherwise, that’s — that’s not going to happen.”


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