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Republican Massachusetts Gov. Won’t Support President Trump For Reelection

'The governor cannot support Donald Trump for president and is focused on seeing Massachusetts through the pandemic. He’ll leave the election analysis to the pundits...'

Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said on Wednesday that he will not support President Trump for reelection, using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse.

Baker, who has been a vocal critic of Trump’s over the past four years, initially told reporters on Wednesday that he hadn’t decided whether to back Trump.

But later that day, his communications director, Lizzy Guyton, gave a definite answer.

“The governor cannot support Donald Trump for president and is focused on seeing Massachusetts through the pandemic,” Guyton said, according to NBC-10 Boston. “He’ll leave the election analysis to the pundits.”

Recently, Baker has criticized Trump for not committing to leave the White House if he loses the 2020 presidential election, prompting Trump to slam him as a “RINO.”

And after the president and First Lady Melania Trump announced they had tested positive for the coronavirus, Baker suggested that it was because Trump had “refused to listen” to the health experts.

“It’s incredibly irresponsible that the president or any other public official to ignore the advice of so many of the folks in the public health, epidemiological and infectious disease community who have made it absolutely clear to us all time and time again that this is … massively contagious and it will wreak havoc,” Baker said.

Baker also joined Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott earlier this month in urging Senate Republicans not to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett until after the election.

“I urge President Trump and the U.S. Senate to allow the American people to cast their ballots for President before a new justice is nominated or confirmed,” Baker said shortly after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, adding that the nomination “is too important to rush and must be removed from partisan political infighting.”

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