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Charlie Baker, moderate Republicans condemn RNC decision on Capitol insurrection

Gov. Charlie Baker along with other moderate Republicans are blasting the leaders of their own party after a vote by the Republican National Committee declared the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, “legitimate political discourse.”

“The Governor commends anyone who is willing to step forward and tell the truth, and disagrees with this vote. He has been clear that the January 6th riot was a violent insurrection and a sad day for democracy, ”Baker said through adviser Jim Conroy.

Gubernatorial candidate and former state Rep. Geoff Diehl, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump, distanced himself from the RNC moves, saying he “condemned violence in the street.”

But Diehl targeted Attorney General Maura Healey, who is the likely Democratic nominee in the governor’s race, with his comments.

“Unlike Attorney General Healey, who saw riots, looting and murders in 2020 as how America could” grow, “I do not believe street violence or desecration of American symbols and institutions constitute a legitimate form of discourse.”

The RNC at its winter meeting in Salt Lake City on Friday also voted to censure Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for their participation in the committee investigating Jan. 6.

The censure accuses Cheney and Kinzinger of “participating in a Democrat-led persecution.”

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