GOP’s Chris Sununu calls Biden, Garland ‘morons’ for not anticipating response to Mar-a-Lago raid

The messaging from President Joe Biden’s administration has been haphazard at best since former President Donald Trump’s Florida home was raided by the FBI and at worst, deliberately misleading. Sunday, Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH) handed down his own indictment of the “infuriating” “lack of transparency” from Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland with one telling descriptor.

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“They’re morons,” he told Trace Gallagher during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

As they covered a range of topics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the Republican party’s chances heading into the midterms, Gallagher asked Sununu to weigh in on the Aug. 8 raid of Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, FL and the “fierce backlash” the government has faced since.

“Clearly Biden and Garland, they had no strategy, no anticipation about saying we’re going to take unprecedented action so we better have an unprecedented plan for disclosure,” the governor began in part. “And the fact that we’re weeks in now, they’re not showing any cards, they’re not showing anything, the lack of transparency, it’s infuriating.”

“And that is where they have absolutely blown it, and that’s where they’ve lost the trust of the American people because it just looks political,” Sununu went on. “If they didn’t anticipate this type of response from the American people, well they’re morons.”

“They really are,” he asserted. “They’re absolute fools.”

“Because you cannot walk into a former president’s home, raid his home like that, and then say well we’ll get back to you later,” he explained. “Not acceptable to the American people.”

It had been several days before Garland held a press conference to convey that he had in fact “personally approved” the raid of Trump’s home after earlier reports had indicated the AG had no prior knowledge of the FBI’s plans to execute a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago. Still, as tensions continued to rise, the Justice Department actively worked to maintain the confidentiality of the affidavit used to justify the warrant. That included objections to releasing even a heavily redacted version.

These efforts against transparency fueled already heightened speculation of a political persecution as Sununu had suggested, but the governor veered from the widely espoused opinion among conservatives that the FBI should be defunded over this unprecedented raid.

Instead, he sided with former Vice President Mike Pence who, when speaking at the “Politics & Eggs” forum hosted by Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH Wednesday, had said, “The Republican party is the party of law and order. Our party stands with the men and women who serve on the thin blue line at the federal, state and local level. And these attacks on the FBI must stop.”

“Calls to defund the FBI are just as wrong as calls to defund the police,” he went on. “The truth of the matter is, we need to get to the bottom of what happened. We need to let the facts play out. But more than anything else, the American people need to be reassured in the integrity of our justice system, and the very appearance of a recurrence of politics playing a role in decisions at the Justice Department demands transparency as never before.”

“We’re Republicans!” Sununu contended in agreement with Pence. “We support law enforcement every single time. But the strategy at the top has been a disaster, and they have to own that.”

The governor took a similar attitude of criticizing those in charge of the federal institutions rather than pointing to a failing in those agencies themselves when he decried the CDC for “eroding trust” with their poor messaging in response to the COVID pandemic.

“Did we really need a taxpayer-funded external review to determine that the CDC is all over the place?” he asked Gallagher. “The only good takeaway here is they’re acknowledging it.”

Much of recent criticism with the CDC has come from their updated recommendations that drew attention to the fact that throughout the pandemic they had been unscientifically discriminating against those who had chosen not to take the experimental vaccines.

“You cannot come back out and say something totally different down the road, because, most importantly, we don’t want people to have no trust in the CDC. We don’t want that, but unfortunately that’s where we are today,” Sununu asserted.


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