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Charlie Baker, the popular Republican governor of Massachusetts, has lamented Donald Trump’s leadership in the midst of the protests against George Floyd’s death.
Baker’s comments came in a briefing after a teleconference which included Trump and all of the US governors to discuss the ongoing protests–sometimes violent–which have blown up in the wake of the murder last week of the 46-year-old and African American Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.
In particular, Floyd’s murder was caused by violent restraint by a white officer, Derek Chauvin. All of the officers involved have since been fired and Chauvin has been charged with Floyd’s killing.
On that teleconference, Trump told governors how to deal with protesters: “You have to dominate. If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time.”
That advice didn’t sit well with Baker, who is so popular in Massachusetts that he’s more beloved even than New England Patriots legends Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
“On the final note, I heard what the president said today about dominating and fighting. I know I should be surprised when I hear incendiary words like this from him, but I’m not,” Baker said. “At so many times during these past several weeks, when the country needed compassion and leadership the most, it was simply nowhere to be found. Instead, we got bitterness, combativeness and self-interest.
“That’s not what we need in Boston. It’s not what we need right now in Massachusetts, and it’s definitely not what we need across this great country of ours either,” he added.
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