Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Trump has “damaged the party’s chances” in the midterm elections



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Charlie Baker, the moderate Republican governor of Massachusetts, said the influence of former President Donald Trump had hurt his party in this year’s midterm elections, as voters had shown they were “not interested in extremism”.

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Baker said Trump “damaged the party’s chances on Election Day, not only here in Massachusetts and Maryland, but in many of these other battlegrounds.”

“The big message that’s going to come out of Tuesday — and I’d say the big message that voters are going to send going forward — is that you have to demonstrate by word and deed that you believe that this is more, this will always be more, than your party and your party’s people,” Baker said.

His comments come on the eve of what Trump describes as a “special announcement” at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday. Speaking on Steve Bannon’s podcast on Friday, Trump adviser Jason Miller said the former president would announce his 2024 presidential bid.

In this year’s midterm elections, in key battleground states including Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Trump endorsed candidates who have embraced his lies about widespread voter fraud. Most of these candidates lost.

Baker, who is stepping down after two terms in the governor’s office in the deep blue state, said he believes voters want “elected officials who will deliver, who will talk to the so-called other side and the so-called other side.” you will take seriously this idea that you should try to represent and listen to the voice of all the people you serve.’

Baker and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, another moderate Republican, will be replaced by Democrats after two terms in the blue state.

In Massachusetts, Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey will replace Baker. In Maryland, Democrat Wes Moore, an author and military veteran, will replace Hogan. Each defeated his Republican opponent.

Hogan, who is seeking the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, blamed Trump for the party’s losses in this year’s terms.

“It’s basically the third election in a row that Donald Trump has cost us the race, and three strikes, you’re out,” Hogan said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Dana Bash.

Baker said Republicans should know that voters are not interested in extreme candidates because of the mandates, an implicit suggestion that Trump’s endorsements have been costly.

“I think the biggest issue in the midterms is something I’ve talked about a lot over the last eight years, which is that voters in general, especially in battleground states, are not interested in extremism. They just aren’t,” Baker said. “They want people who believe they will be reasonable, who will cooperate and who represent the basic principle of democracy: that there should be a distributed model of decision-making and that you have to agree with that.”

“I think in the midterms, one of the big lessons the Republican Party needs to take away nationally is that voters want collaborative elected officials. They don’t want extremism,” he added.

Baker credited her upbringing, with a liberal Democrat mother and a conservative Republican father, for her insight into politics. He also said his win in the 2014 governor’s race, after losing four years earlier, was fueled by Baker’s time in predominantly black areas with few Republicans.

“There’s no real-world, real-life experience like talking to one another when people are yelling at each other, right — they’re yelling next to each other,” Baker said. “Nobody’s listening to anything that’s being said on either side, well, you’ve got to be willing to go listen and stop walking around with a point of view or an attitude where you know the answer to the questions.”