Former President Donald Trump injected himself into the House Democratic primary races in New York — making eyebrow-raising endorsements of his one-time impeachment tormentor Dan Goldman and Carolyn Maloney in their respective races.
“Lawyer Dan Goldman is running for Congress, NY-10, and it is my great honor to Strongly Endorse him. I do this not because of the fact that he headed up the Impeachment Committee and lost, but because he was honorable, fair, and highly intelligent,” Trump said in a statement released Wednesday on his Truth Social platform.
“While it was my honor to beat him, and beat him badly, Dan Goldman has a wonderful future ahead,” Trump said in an apparent sarcastic manner.
Recent polls have Goldman, who was the House Democrats’ chief counsel during the first Trump impeachment proceeding, as the front-runner in the 10th Congressional District’s crowded contest.
Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, one of the other candidates running against Goldman, made hay of the Trump endorsement.
“Donald Trump just endorsed my multi-millionaire opponent, in case you needed a reminder of what the stakes are. #NY10, choose your fighter,” the Manhattan assemblywoman tweeted.
Goldman didn’t take kindly to Trump attempting to “meddle” in another election.
“Last week Donald Trump attacked Dan Goldman, who led his impeachment. Now he’s pretending to endorse Goldman. True to form, Trump is trying to meddle in an election,” the Goldman campaign said.
“This is a pathetic attempt at fooling Democrats who are far smarter than Trump is, and it’s clear that only one candidate in NY-10 is living rent-free in Trump’s head. Buckle up Donald. Dan’s coming for you.”
Trump’s trolling didn’t stop there. He also gave a back-handed endorsement to Rep. Carolyn Maloney who is running for re-election in the redrawn 12th Congressional District, pitting her against fellow Rep. Jerrold Nadler and challenger Suraj Patel.
“A vote for Carolyn Maloney in NY-12 is a vote for the future! She is a kind and wonderful person, who has always said terrific things about me, and will support me no matter what I do, just as I supported her very early on,” Trump said.
“She begged for a check with no quid pro quo, and I gave it to her. In fact, I gave her many….”
Maloney recently stirred controversy when she said during a debate that she didn’t think President Biden would run for re-election in 2024.
Trump — who battled decades ago with Nadler over a project he sought to build on the Upper West Side — also had nice things to say about him.
“On the other hand, Jerry Nadler is likewise a hard driving man, where energy and attention to detail is unlike anyone else in Congress,” Trump said of the House Judiciary Committee chairman who also sought to drive him from office.
“He is high energy, sharp, quick-witted, and bright. You can’t go wrong with either, but Carolyn Maloney is the better man. She will lead our country into a very GREEN and prosperous future. “Carolyn has my complete and Total Endorsement, she will never let our Conservative Movement down,” Trump said.
Maloney responded in a tweet“This is laughable and I reject any endorsement from Donald Trump.
“Trump doesn’t respect women. He instigated the attacks on January 6th and claimed that the 2020 election was a big lie,” she said.
“He should be more concerned about the investigation I’m leading as Chair of the Oversight Committee into the storage of his classified documents at Mar-a-Lago. Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll pass,” the congresswoman added.