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Gov. Baker blames President Trump for ‘violence unfolding at the Capitol’

"The chaos now unfolding is the sad but predictable outcome of weeks of attacks," Baker said in a statement.

Gov. Charlie Baker with state lawmakers Wednesday after a swearing-in ceremony. Pat Greenhouse / The Boston Globe

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker cast blame on President Donald Trump for the breach of the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday, which he said was the “sad but predictable outcome” of the Republican president and his supporters’ “attacks” on the democratic process.

“I join with Americans from every corner of the country to condemn the violence unfolding at the Capitol, and President Trump and his supporters must do the same immediately,” Baker, a Republican, said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

“The chaos now unfolding is the sad but predictable outcome of weeks of attacks, perpetrated by President Trump and his supporters against the democratic process that makes America the greatest nation on Earth, and these baseless challenges to President-elect Biden’s victory must stop,” he added.

Officials said late Wednesday afternoon that one person was shot inside the Capitol.

Baker, who “blanked” his vote in the 2020 presidential election, has repeatedly criticized Trump and other Republicans who have continued to challenge Biden’s victory over unsubstantiated claims of election meddling. His statement Wednesday came minutes after Trump released a video calling for “peace” but reiterating his unfounded claim that the election was “stolen.”

Members of the all-Democratic Massachusetts congressional delegation — some of whom were in the Capitol when Trump supporters overwhelmed police outside and broke into the building, resulting in its evacuation — also decried the riot Wednesday, but pledged to carry out the process of certifying the Electoral College results. Several members of Congress, including Reps. Seth Moulton and Ayanna Pressley, called for Trump’s removal from office through either the 25th Amendment or the impeachment process, even though he has just two weeks remaining in his term.

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Republican Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito also issued a statement saying that the “horrific violence unfolding at the Capitol is an attack on our democracy and should be condemned without qualification by President Trump and his supporters.

“It is time for all Americans to embrace a peaceful transition of power and move forward to heal our nation,” Polito said.

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