Twice-impeached Donald Trump put out a baffling set of posts on Truth Social on Wednesday in which he praised Democrats he has previously criticized and even endorsed the lawyer that led his first impeachment.
The seemingly sarcastic endorsements came as Trump continues to wield his power over the Republican party in the midterms, evidenced in part on Tuesday when Rep. Liz Cheney handily lost her primary in Wyoming.
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’ top counsel in Trump’s 2019 impeachment.
“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 wrote. The House succeeded in impeaching Trump in 2019 and 2021, though he was not convicted in the Senate in either case.
“While it was my honor to beat him, and beat him badly, Dan Goldman has a wonderful future ahead,” Trump said, adding: “I would like to thank Dan for fighting so hard for America, and for working so tirelessly to stop ‘Trump.’ He was not easy to beat, but winning against him made me realize just how very talented I am!”
Goldman quickly responded to the apparent backhanded endorsement.
“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,” Goldman said in a statement shared on Twitter. “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.”