Trump claimed to endorse Democratic Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler, and Dan Goldman.
Goldman, a lawyer who led Trump’s first impeachment hearing, said Trump was “trying to meddle in an election.”
If the endorsements are intended to sour Democratic voters on the candidates, they’re reminiscent of efforts by Democrats to meddle in the 2022 Republican primaries.
Former President 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.
“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 both 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.