Baker says Trump’s conspiracy claims not supported by facts

‘We are counting votes on a bipartisan basis,’ he says

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER criticized President Trump on Friday for suggesting there is some kind of national conspiracy going on related to the counting of votes across the country.

Trump has said he is being cheated out of a second term by “the corrupt voting apparatus of the states,” which is counting “illegal votes” that have reduced the size of his lead in a number of states.

Baker said Trump’s comments are not supported by the facts and are “damaging to democracy.”

He ticked off the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Arizona where Democrats and Republicans either share power or Republicans control all the major elected offices in the state.

“We should count every vote and we are counting votes on a bipartisan basis,” Baker said at a State House press conference.

Jim Lyons, the chair of the state Republican Party, sent out a fundraising message on Thursday that said “it looks like the radical Democrats are threatening to STEAL this election.”

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

Lyons pointed to 140,000 Joe Biden votes “found” in Michigan on Wednesday and similar occurrences in Wisconsin, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. “It’s suspicious that they never seem to find extra boxes of Republican ballots, isn’t it?” he asked.

Baker said every vote should be counted and the Trump and Biden sides should be able to pursue recounts and court cases as allowed by law. “We’re like in the seventh or eighth inning and at some point everybody’s got to get used to the idea that we have to move forward as a country,” Baker said. “We have the highest participation rate in our nation’s history in this election. We should be celebrating this.”