President Donald Trump attacked Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Friday morning after the Republican governor chided Trump’s comments about potentially rejecting the election results if Democratic candidate Joe Biden wins in November.
“[Republican In Name Only] Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts is unsuccessfully trying to defend Mail In Ballots, when there is fraud being found all over the place,” Trump tweeted, peddling for the umpteenth time the false claim about mail-in voting, which has been debunked by the President’s own FBI Director Christopher Wray.
The President’s post was apparently a response to Baker’s forceful condemnation of Trump refusing to say if he’ll accept a potential defeat in the elections, only that “we’ll have to see” based on the (again, false) claim that voting by mail leads to election fraud.
“It is appalling and outrageous that anyone would suggest for a minute that if they lose an election they’re not going to leave. Period,” the GOP governor told reporters during a press briefing on Thursday. “And I know that I speak, I am sure, for the vast majority of the elected officials in the United States of America when I say that.”
Baker’s stinging rebuke was a departure from his GOP colleagues’ muted responses to Trump, which largely consisted of either downplaying the President’s comment, deflecting to Democrats, or simply repeating that they believed in the Constitution.