Gov. Charlie Baker lambasted what he referred to as President Trump’s “appalling and outrageous” refusal to decide to a peaceable switch of energy ought to he lose the presidential election in November.
“A huge part of this nation’s glory to the extent it exists as a beacon to others is the peaceful transfer of power based on the vote of the people,” Baker mentioned, talking on the State Home on Thursday.
In a meandering five-minute-long commentary that moved from mail-in voting to Abraham Lincoln’s reelection within the midst of the Civil Struggle, the Republican governor excoriated Trump, saying “that peaceful transfer of power is what the people of this country rely on when they go out to vote.”
“How many times in an election have we heard the words, ‘the people have spoken?’” Baker mentioned.
Trump on Wednesday instructed a reporter “we’re going to have to see what happens,” when requested if he would decide to a peaceable transition ought to he lose to Democratic nominee Joe Biden in November — a notion the president refused to entertain.
“There won’t be a transfer, frankly — there’ll be a continuation,” Trump mentioned.
Trump criticized the mail-in voting — a standard chorus for a president who has typically forged doubt on the safety of the nation’s electoral system. States like Massachusetts have pivoted to mail-in voting to scale back numbers on the polls amid the continued coronavirus pandemic and noticed record-high numbers of the ballots throughout the main.
“You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster,” Trump instructed the reporter.
Baker — a longtime critic of the Republican president — broke ranks along with his occasion earlier this week when he mentioned Trump and the GOP-led Senate ought to wait till after the election to put in a alternative for the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court docket.