Trump 'endorses' Dan Goldman, the lawyer who led his impeachment, amid a confounding string of Truth Social posts praising Democrats
Former President Donald Trump speaks during a Save America rally in Anchorage, Alaska on July 9, 2022.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Trump claimed to support Democrats Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler and Dan Goldman.
Goldman, an attorney who chaired Trump's first impeachment hearing, said Trump was "attempting to interfere in an election."
If the endorsements are intended to anger Democratic voters about the candidates, they are a reminder of Democrats' efforts to meddle in the 2022 Republican primary.
Former President Donald Trump made a confusing series of posts on Truth Social on Wednesday, praising Democrats he had previously criticized and even supporting the attorney who led his first impeachment trial.
The seemingly sarcastic affirmations came as Trump continues to wield his power over the Republican Party in the midterms, demonstrated in part on Tuesday when Rep. Liz Cheney easily lost her Wyoming primary.
In the first post, Trump endorsed Dan Goldman, who is running to represent New York's 10th district in the US Congress. Goldman was the House Democrats' lead attorney in the 2019 impeachment trial against Trump.
"I'm not doing this because he chaired the impeachment committee and lost, but because he was honorable, fair and highly intelligent," Trump wrote. The House of Representatives managed to impeach Trump in both 2019 and 2021, although he was not convicted in the Senate on either count.
"While it was my honor to beat him, badly, Dan Goldman has a wonderful future ahead of him," Trump said, adding, "I want to thank Dan for fighting so hard for America and for working so tirelessly." has worked to stop 'trump.' He wasn't easy to beat, but beating him showed me how talented I am!"
Goldman was quick to respond to the obvious backhand confirmation.
“Last week Donald Trump attacked Dan Goldman, who was presiding over his impeachment trial. Now he's pretending to support Goldman. As befits Trump, he is trying to interfere in an election," Goldman said in a statement shared on Twitter. "This is a pathetic attempt to fool Democrats who are far smarter than Trump, and it's clear that only one candidate in NY-10 is living rent-free in Trump's mind."
Trump followed up with posts praising Reps Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler, longtime Democratic supporters who are now competing for the House of Representatives due to redrawing of congressional districts in New York City.
Trump said he supports Maloney for New York's 12th District.
"She is a kind and wonderful person who has always said great things about me and will support me no matter what I do as I have supported her from a very early age," Trump wrote.
“On the other hand, Jerry Nadler is also a hard-headed man of the people whose energy and attention to detail is unlike anyone else in Congress. He's high-energy, sharp-witted, quick-witted and smart," Trump said of Nadler, who was pushing for Trump's first impeachment.
"You can't go wrong with either one, but Carolyn Maloney is the better man. It will lead our country into a very GREEN and prosperous future. Carolyn has my complete and unreserved approval, she will never let our conservative movement down!” he continued.
Maloney denied the endorsement in a statement on Twitter.
"This is ridiculous and I have no support whatsoever for Donald Trump. Trump doesn't respect women. He instigated the January 6 attacks and claimed the 2020 election was a big lie,” she wrote. "He should be more concerned about the investigation I am leading as Chairman of the Oversight Committee into the storage of his classified documents at Mar-a-Lago."
Trump and Nadler officials did not immediately respond to insider requests for comment.
If the endorsements are aimed at angering Democratic voters about the candidates, they are a reminder of Democrats' efforts to influence the 2022 Republican primary.
Democrats have even funded ads for far-right candidates they expect will be easier to beat in the general election, a move that has been criticized as risky.
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