GOP Governor Who Refused to Back Amy Coney Barrett Won't Support Trump in November

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker won't support President Donald Trump in November, a spokesperson has said. The Republican governor has been a frequent critic of the president.

At a Wednesday news conference, Baker said he would "take a pass" when asked about who he was supporting for president. His office later clarified he was taking a pass on the question, but not passing on voting in the election.

Baker's communications director, Lizzy Guyton, told CNN affiliate WCVB that the governor would not be able to back Trump this year. He's previously said he didn't vote for the president in 2016 or the Massachusetts Republican primary.

"The governor cannot support Donald Trump for president and is focused on seeing Massachusetts through the pandemic," Guyton said.

"He'll leave the election analysis to the pundits," she said.

Baker was one of four Republican governors who refused to sign a letter supporting the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

The other three governors were Larry Hogan of Maryland, Phil Scott of Vermont and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire. Hogan and Scott have been vocal critics of the president, while Sununu has been less outspoken.

Baker criticized the Republican push to confirm Barrett as hypocritical and pointed to President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland. The Senate GOP did not hold hearings for Garland.

"Four years later—only because the circumstances have changed—the Republicans say 'we need to move forward, it's a critical issue for the country' and the Democrats say no we should wait until after the election," Baker said on September 23.

Baker also criticized Trump for his refusal to clearly commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses on November 3. His comments highlighted the president's frequent attacks on mail-in ballots.

"A huge part of this nation's allure, to the extent it exists, is the peaceful transmission of power based on the vote of people in this country," Baker said.

"Mail-in balloting has been with us forever, and that peaceful transfer of power is what the people of this country rely on when they go to vote.

"It is appalling and outrageous that anyone would suggest for a minute that if they lose an election they're not going to leave—period," he said. "I know that I speak, I am sure, for the vast majority of elected officials in the United States of America when I say that."

Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker
Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker speaks at the Dedication Ceremony at Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate on March 30, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Baker will not support President Trump's re-election. Paul Marotta/Getty Images