Trump Mockingly Bids Farewell to RINO Gov. Charlie Baker Governor Charlie Baker, R-Mass. ( Darren McCollester/Getty Images for DraftKings)
By Eric Mack | Wednesday, 01 December 2021 07:05 PM
In a mocking farewell to "RINO Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker," former President Donald Trump gave the proverbial "don't let the door hit you on the way out" sendoff Wednesday.
"RINO Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has announced that, because I didn't endorse him and he is incapable of getting the Republican nomination, he will not be running for reelection," Trump wrote in a scathing rebuke of a GOP nemesis from his Save America PAC. "He's been very selfish, and is bad news for the Republican Party — actually, he shouldn't even be considered a Republican. We wish him well!
In a Boston news conference aired locally after Baker announced his plan not to run, a reporter asked if Baker would leave the door open for a 2024 GOP presidential primary run.
Baker scoffed with an emphatic and incredulous "no," looking back at the reporter with disbelief he was asked the question.
Baker was once polling as the most popular governor in the United States, but that was before Trump's America First influence on the Republican Party fully took hold during his administration.
Trump has endorsed GOP state co-chair Geoff Diehl for the GOP gubernatorial 2022 primary, and polling had backed Trump's candidate over the incumbent two-term Gov. Baker by almost a 2-1 margin, Politico reported.