November 18, 2015/Press Releases


In Previous Trump Campaign Visits to Massachusetts, Baker Took “Hands-Off Approach”

BOSTON—With controversial, divisive Donald Trump campaigning in Worcester today, voters are left wondering if Republican Charlie Baker supports his Party’s current poll-leading candidate.

According to news reports from a previous Trump visit, Republican Baker had a “hands-off approach” and “took a pass on joining many other GOP leaders who have denounced Trump.”

Massachusetts Democratic Party Spokesman Pat Beaudry today called on Baker to denounce the controversial Trump:

“If Charlie Baker’s Republican Party gets their way, Donald Trump will be the President of the United States of America according to recent polls, which begs the question – is our own Republican Governor in favor of that,” said MassDems Spokesman Pat Beaudry. “Real leadership means speaking up when your Party’s presidential frontrunner visits your state to continue to spread his message of hate and intolerance and unfortunately I suspect Gov. Baker will continue to allow these campaign stops in the Bay State to continue without speaking up for the residents of Massachusetts he promised to serve.”

Trump’s divisive, controversial statements include:

  1. 1.  On hiring working mothers: “She’s not giving me 100%. She’s giving me 84%, and 16% is going towards taking care of children.”
  1. 2. On Sen. John McCain and former POW: “He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured, OK, I hate to tell you."
  1. 3. On Mexican immigrants:“When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best. They're not sending you, they're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. … And some, I assume, are good people."
  1. 4. On climate change:“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

Voters also will recall in less than a year since his election, Republican Baker has already traveled to Florida, Colorado and Pennsylvania to raise money and support national Republicans. Republican Baker even went so far as to make the curious claim he visited Pennsylvania to thank the state for helping during last winter’s devastating snowstorms. In reality, Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Wolf, who sent assistance and may need to send help again this year, is a Democrat and Republican Baker was in Pennsylvania to raise money for Wolf’s opponent.