GOP Senator Trashes Trump Over Threat To Pardon Jan 6 Rioters

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Since Donald Trump won his only term in office, his appearances at the campaign rallies of other members of the GOP have been highly coveted. Trump has appeared at rallies for candidates who have both won and lost, but many Republican candidates found that, without Trump, a significant and rabid portion of the GOP base was uninterested in voting for them. As the January 6 investigations continue and Trump continues his own whining, they’re-so-unfair-to-me rallies, fewer Republican candidates seem interested in his help.

One such candidate is Republican candidate for governor Chris Sununu, who is running in New Hampshire. The state went to Biden in 2020, but not overwhelmingly, with just over seven points separating the two. Republicans in the state, however, did vote overwhelmingly for Trump, making Sununu’s statements about Trump a gamble.

In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union with Dana Bash, Sununu was asked about Trump’s statements at his own recent rally, when he said that “If I run and I win, we will treat those people from Jan. 6 fairly, we will treat them fairly, and if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons because they are being treated so unfairly.”

As reported by The Daily Beast, Sununu said:

‘Look, the folks that were part of the riots and, frankly, the assault on the U.S. Capitol have to be held accountable. There’s a rule of law. I don’t care whether you were part of burning cities and antifa in 2020 [or] you were storming the Capitol in 2021, everybody needs to be held accountable.’

Later, Bash asked Sununu if he wanted Trump to go on the campaign trail with him for the upcoming 2022 governor’s race. Sununu balked at the idea, saying, “pf course not! Oh my goodness, no!”

‘I don’t need anyone to campaign with me. I’m a big believer that as a candidate you have to stand on your own two feet, you have to look your fellow citizens in the eye and you have to earn their votes as you, not as endorsements. Endorsements are fine, and all that kind of stuff.’

Sununu may be taking a chance by publicly saying he does not need Trump’s presence at his campaign rallies since the GOP voters still seem so much in Trump’s thrall, but it’s also a smart gamble. Other statements that Trump has made at recent rallies show that he’s learned nothing from the consequences of that January 6 insurrection attempt and that he’s more than willing to incite it once again, given the chance.

‘If these radical, vicious, racist prosecutors do anything wrong or illegal, I hope we are going to have in this country the biggest protests we have ever had in Washington, D.C., in New York, in Atlanta and elsewhere, because our country and our elections are corrupt.’