A Democratic congressman has retracted a comment he made against former President Trump over the weekend that sparked a firestorm on social media.
“Yesterday on television, I mistakenly used the wrong word to express the importance of Donald Trump never again becoming president of America,” said Rep. Daniel Goldman of New York. Published on X on monday.
“Although he must be defeated, I certainly wish him no harm and do not condone political violence. I apologize for the poor choice of words.”
Goldman was referring to a comment he made over the weekend while discussing Trump’s actions on January 6.
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“His rhetoric is getting really dangerous,” Goldman said during an interview with President Biden’s former press secretary Jen Psaki on her MSNBC show.
“It’s getting more serious. We saw what happened on January 6th, when he used his now inflammatory rhetoric, and his recent social media post of truth is incredibly scary for anyone who might try to work in government. That’s absolutely indisputable.” “The point is that a human being can never hold public office again. He is not only unfit, he is destructive to our democracy, and must be eliminated.”
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Goldman’s comment sparked criticism on social media from conservatives, noting that the congressman was using “dangerous rhetoric” himself.
“Sometimes they slip up and say the quiet part out loud,” radio host Mike Gallagher said Published on X.
“I hope Speaker Johnson admonishes this crazy act!!!,” pro-Trump activist Alex Brusewitz posted on X.
“By its own logic, Goldman should never see public office again,” said Colin Rugg, co-owner of Trending Politics. Published on X.
Many conservatives on social media did not accept Goldman’s clarification including Twitchy managing editor Sam Janney.
“You knew exactly what you were doing and what you were saying…you’re only holding back because you don’t like taking responsibility for your words,” Janney posted on X. “We see you.”
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In a statement to Fox News Digital, Trump campaign spokesman Stephen Cheung said, “Democrats have been calling for violence against President Trump and his supporters since 2016.”
He added: “This is not a new or surprising speech.”