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Charlie Baker Identifies Two Villains in Rioting:  Rioters and Donald Trump

June 1, 2020

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker thanked George Floyd protesters in Boston who remained peaceful during protests on Sunday, May 31 but had harsh words for the rioters and for President Donald Trump.

The president, according to published reports, told governors in a conference call on Monday that they need to “dominate” rioters or else will look weak.

Baker, during a coronavirus press conference mid-afternoon Monday, June 1, praised the protesters and their message against what they describe as racism by police officers against black men.

The protests in Boston on Sunday afternoon turned violent after nightfall, with rioters attacking businesses, police officers, police vehicles, and even occasionally reporters.

Of the rioters Baker said:

To the criminals and cowards that tarnished that night’s peaceful protest, I expect your day in court will come soon. The destruction of property, the looting, the criminal attempts to injure law enforcement, are unacceptable. The people of Massachusetts cannot let these individuals success in their goal to sow chaos into the fabric of what is an important effort and movement.


Baker spoke longer and with more emotion against President Trump. He said:


On a 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. 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.