Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Chris Sununu’s Stay at Home Hypocrisy in New Hampshire

 
Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH) looting the ice cream aisle in April

I wrote a piece for National Review on New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu’s hypocritical application of his stay-at-home order here in the “Live Free or Die” state:

Last Friday, Sununu extended his stay-at-home order for a third time, guaranteeing more people will lose their jobs. He also threatened legal action against Riverside Speedway and Adventure Park in Groveton, N.H., forcing the track to remain closed. His stay-at-home order carries a potential $20,000 fine for businesses that defy him and possible arrest and criminal prosecution for anyone else failing to follow the various micromanaged edicts he has issued. (You can use equipment at the gym if you pay for a personal trainer to follow you around, but not on your own. Out-of-staters must quarantine for 14 days before staying in a hotel. Hair-cutting is OK, but dye jobs are not. Golf-course employees must wear masks at all times even when eating lunch alone in a break room. Etc.)

Then on Saturday, he tweeted: “I called the organizers ahead of the #GeorgeFloyd March in Manchester to let them know the State of NH stands with them in their calls for justice.”

The New Hampshire Lockdown and Protest Double Standard

Please read the whole piece and then come back here and tell me what you think.

The piece was settled for publication last night as Black Lives Matter marchers took to the street in Manchester, NH, for a third rally in the state this week, so it’s missing some key information. Unlike the previous two rallies I mentioned at Nation Review, this one was less peaceful.

Marchers set off fireworks aimed at passing cars and threw items at police vehicles. Manchester Police Department’s Twitter account announced shortly before midnight that some arrests had been made. Videos posted to Twitter showed local businesses, including Murphy’s Taproom, Chipotle, and MattressFirm, being guarded by armed citizens to prevent looting.

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  1. JennaStocker Member

    This! “Sununu and other governors aren’t enforcing their stay-at-home orders equally. To the contrary: They’re willing to prevent you from going to church but not willing to prevent Antifa from burning down churches.”

    The only acceptable Rights are the ones the political class think we can have in one particular moment – mostly based on emotion. That is why there’s no consistency. Without first principles or the proper understanding of them, plus a moral compass spinning in circles, there’s chaos. And people wonder why we don’t trust our institutions. Great job, Max!

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    • June 3, 2020, at 10:25 AM PDT
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  2. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. StephensJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I keep wondering what the protestors are actaully calling for

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    • June 3, 2020, at 10:46 AM PDT
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  3. Manny Member

    The caption under his picture, you have “Gov. Chris Sununu (D-NH).” It’s incorrect, unless you meant it as sarcastic. He’s a Republican.

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    • June 3, 2020, at 11:06 AM PDT
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  4. GlennAmurgis Coolidge

    The NH license plates should replace “Live free or die” with “Better Safe than Sorry” 

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    • June 3, 2020, at 11:19 AM PDT
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  5. JamesSalerno Coolidge

    Don’t mean to stereotype, but isn’t New Hampshire almost entirely white? 2010 census says blacks make up 1.1% of their population. Why are BLM protests happening in New Hampshire? 

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    • June 3, 2020, at 11:23 AM PDT
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  6. The_Admin() Admin
    The_Admin()

    Manny (View Comment):

    The caption under his picture, you have “Gov. Chris Sununu (D-NH).” It’s incorrect, unless you meant it as sarcastic. He’s a Republican.

    Thanks. Totally unintended slip on my part, which I have corrected. 🤦‍♂️ I know he’s Republican because I voted for him twice! But I really don’t want to again in November. (In NH the governor is elected every two years and there’s no term limit. Sununu was elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2018.) I always thought he was a RINO but appreciated that he vetoed gun control and increased taxes last year passed by the Democrat legislature. 

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    • June 3, 2020, at 11:34 AM PDT
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  7. The_Admin() Admin
    The_Admin()

    JamesSalerno (View Comment):

    Don’t mean to stereotype, but isn’t New Hampshire almost entirely white? 2010 census says blacks make up 1.1% of their population. Why are BLM protests happening in New Hampshire?

    Yes, but of course saying we’re almost entirely white does not do any kind of justice to the cultural diversity of Protestant Yankees; Irish, Italian, and Franco-American Catholics; and many other ethnic groups that are bizarrely lumped in together as “white.” As you can tell from my last name, I have a Franco-American background. However, if you looked at me you would see more my mother’s Yankee-English background. My maternal grandfather was born in England. My paternal grandparents were first generation Franco-Americans in Maine who spoke French. Our non-“white” residents in NH mostly (not entirely) live in or near Manchester in the southern part of the state, which is basically the suburbs of Boston. BLM in NH seems to be mostly “white” people eager to virtue signal.

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    • June 3, 2020, at 11:42 AM PDT
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  8. Flicker Coolidge

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    I keep wondering what the protestors are actaully calling for

    Submission.

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    • June 3, 2020, at 11:54 AM PDT
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  9. Manny Member

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    I keep wondering what the protestors are actaully calling for

    Submission.

    At this point, is any reform that does come out of this just a capitulation to rioters? I would have been open to some reform modification to police process in a restraining scenario, but as it now stands it would be positive reinforcement of bad behavior.

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    • June 3, 2020, at 12:23 PM PDT
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  10. Stad Coolidge

    Call you say, “Recall?”

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    • June 3, 2020, at 12:41 PM PDT
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  11. GrannyDude Member

    Manny (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    I keep wondering what the protestors are actaully calling for

    Submission.

    At this point, is any reform that does come out of this just a capitulation to rioters? I would have been open to some reform modification to police process in a restraining scenario, but as it now stands it would be positive reinforcement of bad behavior.

    I just talked to a couple of troopers (not virtually! in my actual driveway! like real human beings!and I confess that I hugged them both…) who agreed with me that there is evidence that the city of Minneapolis is putting lethally incompetent police officers into the field. Fixing this would not be particularly difficult. [EDIT: that is to say that the remedies are known, the training protocols already exist and if they insist on hiring PC-compliant boobs, even these can be trained to understand basic concepts like “if the guy is in handcuffs, the fight is over.”]

    There are “demands” that get made by #BLM or #BLM-lite protesters that any police officer would happily get behind. Sure! give us all more training in dealing with mentally ill subjects! And while we’re at it, lets do something meaningful and concrete about mental health care in the United States, so that police officers do not end up having to deal with the end result of that system’s multiple failures?

    The difficulty Minneapolis is going to face—assuming there is anyone in Minneapolis who actually cares about George Floyd— is that it will be far easier, less expensive, and more politically expedient to do the pretend reforms rather than undertake the ones that will actually result in more suspects headed off to the hoosegow unharmed and, for that matter, better policing all ’round. “Don’t kill people” being a pretty low bar to clear, after all. There’s also “defend lives and property” catch criminals” “make cases” and “help communities become safer places to live and work.”

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    • June 3, 2020, at 12:51 PM PDT
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  12. Stad Coolidge

    GrannyDude (View Comment):
    I just talked to a couple of troopers (not virtually! in my actual driveway! like real human beings!and I confess that I hugged them both…)

    Then you were promptly arrested for violating social distancing rules. Tsk tsk . . .

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    • June 3, 2020, at 1:03 PM PDT
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  13. Manny Member

    GrannyDude (View Comment):
    The difficulty Minneapolis is going to face—assuming there is anyone in Minneapolis who actually cares about George Floyd— is that it will be far easier, less expensive, and more politically expedient to do the pretend reforms rather than undertake the ones that will actually result in more suspects headed off to the hoosegow unharmed and, for that matter, better policing all ’round.

    I don’t know. We have a vendor in Minneapolis and I’ve been going there and working with people from there for thirty years. It really is one of the most Liberal cities in the country. I was actually surprised this actually happened there.

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    • June 3, 2020, at 1:24 PM PDT
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  14. Vance Richards Member
    Vance RichardsJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Well . . . you still have the “Or Die” part.

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    • June 3, 2020, at 3:11 PM PDT
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  15. GrannyDude Member

    Manny (View Comment):

    GrannyDude (View Comment):
    The difficulty Minneapolis is going to face—assuming there is anyone in Minneapolis who actually cares about George Floyd— is that it will be far easier, less expensive, and more politically expedient to do the pretend reforms rather than undertake the ones that will actually result in more suspects headed off to the hoosegow unharmed and, for that matter, better policing all ’round.

    I don’t know. We have a vendor in Minneapolis and I’ve been going there and working with people from there for thirty years. It really is one of the most Liberal cities in the country. I was actually surprised this actually happened there.

    Sadly, I’m not. 

     

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    • June 5, 2020, at 6:41 PM PDT
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