While President Trump was speaking to thousands of deplorables in Michigan Saturday night, Republican New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu was trashing Trump in remarks made at the D.C. Swamp’s Gridiron Dinner in Washington, D.C. The dinner is one of several annual dinners held by the media where the president traditionally speaks before an audience of media figures and invited government officials and politicos from both major parties. Joe Biden, spending yet another weekend in Delaware, sent a videotaped speech that fell flat.
The motto of the dinner is “singe but don’t burn” with your remarks, but Sununu took a blowtorch to Trump last night to the delight of the Swamp creatures.
Gov. Chris Sununu, file screen image.
Excerpt from Politico report on the Gridiron Dinner:
New Hampshire Republican Gov. CHRIS SUNUNU stole the show Saturday night at the annual Gridiron Club dinner by saying out loud what most Republicans in Washington *privately* whisper about DONALD TRUMP.
“You know, he’s probably going to be the next president,” Sununu said of Trump, musing about his “experience,” “passion,” “sense of integrity” and the “rationale” he brought to his tweets. As the room quieted to see where he was going with this, he paused, then yelled: “Nah, I’m just kidding! He’s FUCKING CRAZY!” The ballroom roared with laughter. “ARE YOU KIDDING?! Come on. You guys are buying that? I love it … He just stresses me out so much! … I’m going to deny I ever said it.”
It didn’t stop there: “The press often will ask me if I think Donald Trump is crazy. And I’ll say it this way: I don’t think he’s so crazy that you could put him in a mental institution. But I think if he were in one, he ain’t getting out!”
Sununu also went after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lindell and Ginni Thomas:
— On VIRGINIA THOMAS’ now-infamous text messages to MARK MEADOWS: “We know she may be extreme, but let’s face it: when it comes to texting, she’s no ANTHONY WEINER. And you guys thought we forgot about that freakshow.”
— And TED CRUZ hanging out with the People’s Convoy: “Nobody really knows why [the Convoy protesters are] in Washington in the first place — which pretty much describes Ted himself, right? … What is with Ted? You see that beard? … He looks like MEL GIBSON after a DUI or something.”
— On Trump ally and MyPillow CEO MIKE LINDELL: “This guy’s head is stuffed with more crap than his pillows. And by the way, I was told not to say this, but I will: His stuff is crap. I mean, it’s absolute crap. You only find that kind of stuff in the Trump Hotel.”
Sununu also told a story about a time Trump visited him in New Hampshire and invited him to ride inside the presidential limo, The Beast. The then-president suddenly stopped talking and pointed out the window at people lining the road holding American flags, saying, “They LOVE me!” Only problem, said Sununu, was that the man he pointed to held a sign that read, “FUCK TRUMP.”
Sununu indeed said it– and got a great laugh. https://t.co/CK5AbAsQ91
— Lois Romano (@loisromano) April 3, 2022
Photos and video from the event:
The Marine band kicking off the Gridiron dinner in Washington this evening. pic.twitter.com/N84z1lvZLF
— Nandita Bose (@nanditab1) April 2, 2022
Back in the US, attending the Gridiron Dinner, meeting White House press secretary Jen Psaki and exchanging anecdotes with her about how we both traveled on Obama’s first trip as president to Europe in 2009. She’s leaving the White House soon and will start working with MSNBC pic.twitter.com/ZcS0pkTyQT
— Martin Klingst (@martinklin) April 3, 2022
No pix at #GridironDinner, so a passerby took this for us on the way in. The first media fest since Covid, it drew a happily maskless crowd. The event motto is “singe not burn,” but NH gov #Sununu blowtorched #Trump as “fucking crazy.” I didn’t see a soul from @FoxNews. pic.twitter.com/EeTxZjcCwa
— howardfineman (@howardfineman) April 3, 2022
My first time at the Gridiron Club dinner. Gridiron Club is the oldest journalistic organization in DC and the dinner was a laugh riot with skits poking fun at the ‘powerful.’ A plus was seeing Jay Powell. Thanks to @WSJ for inviting me. pic.twitter.com/EODVCft7Pz
— Gita Gopinath (@GitaGopinath) April 3, 2022
First time at the Gridiron last night pic.twitter.com/RIeOvqLDxp
— Allison Harris (@allison__news) April 3, 2022
— Merrill College @ Maryland (@merrillcollege) April 2, 2022
President Trump attended the 2018 Gridiron Dinner, telling attendees, “”I was very excited to receive this invitation and ruin your evening in person. That’s why I accepted.”
“I was very excited to receive this invitation and ruin your evening in person. That’s why I accepted.” Pres. Trump and members of the Washington press corps trade good-natured if barbed jokes at Gridiron Dinner. https://t.co/v5UAXxK9FF pic.twitter.com/9YONIlq1HL
— ABC News (@ABC) March 4, 2018
Biden’s lame remarks last night:
“One of my colleagues pointed out they didn’t elect me to be the next FDR. The truth is I’m not. FDR won the state of Georgia 4 times. The last election, I only won it 3 times,” Biden said in taped remarks to the Gridiron dinner.
— Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) April 3, 2022