WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire has called Donald Trump “crazy” and joked that if the former Republican president is admitted to a mental hospital, “he won’t be released!”
Sununu skewered Trump at Saturday night’s Gridiron Club Spring Dinner, an annual gathering in Washington featuring skits and speeches by Democrats, Republicans and journalists meant to ‘scorch’ but ‘not burn’ the political elite of the capital.
“He is (expletive) crazy! Sununu said in salty remarks that roast members of both parties as well as the Washington reporters who cover them. The governor added: “The press will often ask me if I think Donald Trump is crazy. And I’ll put it this way: I don’t think he’s that crazy that you can put him in a mental institution. But I think if he was in one, he won’t come out!
Sununu also said he was surprised when he met Trump when the former president was visiting New Hampshire for a political rally.
After greeting Trump at the airport, Sununu said Trump insisted that he go with him to the scene. Sununu said Trump spent most of the ride obsessing over his poll results, but at one point broke his train of thought to point out that all of the people holding American flags along the route of the motorcade were his fans.
Trump pointed to a man with a flag and a sign before Trump returned to the subject of the polls, Sununu recalled.
“I can’t help but notice the guy he pointed at, the sign he’s holding says, ‘(expletive, Trump!),'” Sununu joked.
In his speech on Gridiron, Sununu also took aim at Democrats and mocked himself.
He said White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who is expected to sign a deal soon to join MSNBC, would be smart to get her money upfront given the network’s ratings.
Sununu noted that he was on a Washington Post list of 10 potential 2024 GOP presidential candidates. He said his extensive foreign policy experience included building a small wall with polite signage at the border of the New Hampshire with Canada.
Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland, who spoke on behalf of Democrats at the dinner, remarked that he hadn’t heard a “Republican use the F-word so much since the Nixon administration.”
“But I must say Governor Sununu’s eloquent profanity is the kind of insurrection the GOP needs today,” Raskin said.
The incumbent president usually attends the event. President Joe Biden, who spent the weekend in his home state of Delaware, jumped but sent a video message. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo delivered a speech on behalf of the administration.
Last year, Republicans offered Sununu to challenge incumbent Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan in 2022, but he ultimately declined and opted to run for re-election as governor. The seat is one of several that Republicans are considering as they seek control of the Senate in the upcoming midterm elections.
Sununu told the Washington Examiner that after hearing the GOP leadership’s plan for the next two years, he decided he wasn’t interested in simply being a “roadblock” to Biden’s agenda.