Charlie Baker Appears to Get Booed at Patriots Parade

One of America's most popular governors got a frosty welcome.

Thousands of fans staved off the wintery mix Tuesday and lined Boylston Street to catch a glimpse of their Super Bowl champion Patriots as their duck boat convoy rolled through. But a frostier reception was saved for Gov. Charlie Baker.

By the looks of it, the third most popular governor in America received a chorus of boos from the crowd gathered at City Hall Plaza after Mayor Marty Walsh welcomed him to the microphone.

It wasn’t all that long ago that Baker earned plaudits from Pats fans (excepting the Barstool crowd) for donning a “Free Brady” shirt when he partook in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Tuesday’s episode would mark the second time the first-term governor’s evoked such a hostile reaction, after he was booed offstage at an LGBTQ event last April for his hesitation to support a transgender anti-discrimination bill. Baker later signed the bill into law.

Baker took flak for his absence at both the Boston’s Women’s March as well as the protests against President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban in Copley Square, where demonstrators were heard chanting, “Where’s Charlie Baker?” On WGBH’s Boston Public Radio, Baker explained that he missed the latter to attend a funeral, but when pressed, wouldn’t say whether he would attend if his schedule allowed.

The Swampscott Republican has since written a letter to Trump’s homeland security chief John F. Kelly, in which he argued how the administration’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority nations would harm the economy.