GOP Gov. warns of ‘history repeating itself’ with another Jan. 6 event if Trump is indicted
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said that no one wants to see a January 6 repeat, but warned that there will be a ‘political circus’, at the least, surrounding a potential Trump indictment.
Donald Trump said that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday in the culmination of a New York District Attorney case involving his hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The former president called for his supporters to protest his impending indictment, which has led to fears that there could be another politically violent event like that of the Capitol attack on January 6, 2021.
‘If someone’s calling for protests, you always want to make sure that they’re peaceful,’ the GOP governor told CNN‘s State of the Union program on Sunday. ‘And we know that that’s going to happen. And that has happened before. In long history, in recent history in America, folks are always out there protesting what they see as an unjustified arrest or an unjustified indictment.’
‘But you want to make sure it’s peaceful,’ he insisted. ‘We don’t want history to repeat itself in overly negative ways.’
Despite claiming that it’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure they are acting in ways that make a positive impact and don’t get violent, Sununu admitted that there will likely be chaos surrounding any indictment or arrest of Trump.
NH Gov. Chris Sununu said no one wants to see a January 6 ‘repeat’, but warned there will be a ‘political circus’ surrounding a Trump indictment
‘You can’t just put it on the former president – it’s our responsibility, right, in society, in our communities, to make sure that, if we have something to say, we’re doing it in the right way, and making sure we’re making a positive effect going forward,’ he said.
‘But it is going to be a circus, right? It is going to be a bit of a political circus,’ the New Hampshire governor noted. ‘There’s going to be a lot of unknowns.’
Trump has already stopped in New Hampshire as part of his 2024 bid for the Republican nomination. Others – including not-yet-announced Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis – have also visited the early primary state.
The only announced and potential candidates so far who have spoken out against the impending indictment are former Vice President Mike Pence and longshot biotech multimillionaire Vivek Ramaswamy.
Trump has called on the field of 2024 candidates – both official and not – to speak out on the matter, claiming it is a politicization and weaponization of the court systems to prosecute a leader in the opposition party.
Many Republicans have denounced the case and potential indictment as politically charged.
Pence told ABC’s This Week on Sunday that the entire hush money payment case against Trump is a ‘politically charged prosecution.’
‘There’s much more pressing issues of the day. It’s just unfortunate this has taken the headlines,’ Sununu said on Sunday morning as the news of a potential indictment against Trump dominates and leads to speculation that it has only bolstered his support and momentum in the 2024 race.
Trump announced this week that he will hold a 2024 campaign rally in Waco, Texas on Saturday, which might be complicated if he is arrested or indicted.
Over the weekend, the former president called for his supporters to protest, writing on his Truth Social platform: ‘WE JUST CAN’T ALLOW THIS ANYMORE. THEY’RE KILLING OUR NATION AS WE SIT BACK & WATCH. WE MUST SAVE AMERICA!PROTEST, PROTEST, PROTEST!!!’
‘I think it’s building a lot of sympathy for the former president,’ Sununu said of the escalation of the Manhattan DA’s case. ‘I think the fact that I was with – coffee this morning with some folks, and none of them were big Trump supporters, but they all said they felt like he was being attacked.’
‘And, as you pointed out, this is likely some sort of misdemeanor on an issue seven years ago. This has nothing to do with January 6. There’s folks out there that still think this has something to do with January 6,’ he added.
‘So, I just think that the, — not just the media, but really a lot of the Democrats have misplayed this, in terms of building sympathy for the former president. And it does drastically change the paradigm as we go into the ’24 election.’