October 15, 2015/Press Releases

#PromisesWatch: Massdems Call on Republican Charlie Baker to Denounce Trump’s Positions on Key Issues

Contact: Pat Beaudry
Phone: 617.939.0800
Last Time Trump Campaigned in Massachusetts, Baker Took “Hands-Off Approach”
BOSTON—With controversial, divisive Donald Trump campaigning in Massachusetts tomorrow, voters are left wondering if Republican Charlie Baker supports his Party’s current poll-leading candidate.
According to news reports from Trump’s last 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 Treasurer Nicole LaChappelle today called on Baker to denounce the controversial Trump:
“Donald Trump is unfit to lead our nation. Voters expect leadership from our governor and instead Charlie Baker looks afraid to anger the most conservative base of his Party,” said LaChappelle. “Republican Baker has already been traveling all over the country on behalf of the national Republican Party. By remaining quiet when divisive Republicans like Donald Trump come to Massachusetts, Republican Baker is sending a message of tacit approval.”
Trump’s divisive, controversial statements include:
  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.”
  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."
  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."
  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.