Former US President Donald Trump, a Republican, has released a pair of surprise endorsements for the upcoming midterm elections, lavishing praise ahead of the Democratic primaries in New York on two Democratic candidates central to his first impeachment by Congress.The endorsements represented a stark about-face for Trump, who just days earlier had unleashed a scathing invective against one of the candidates, lawyer Dan Goldman, who was lead counsel in the Democrat-led House impeachment of Trump from 2019 to 2020.
Now, Trump, in a post on his social media site Truth Social on Wednesday, called him “honourable, fair, and highly intelligent”.
He also endorsed Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who is currently leading a House Oversight Committee investigation into Trump’s alleged storing of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate, saying she will “never let our conservative movement down”. Trump has repeatedly dismissed the myriad congressional investigations into his conduct as part of a coordinated “witch hunt”.
The endorsements, which many social media users quickly dismissed as “trolling”, appeared to underscore a unique tactic employed heavily ahead of this year’s US primary polls, which are the elections used by political parties in states and territories across the US to select their candidates ahead of federal legislative and presidential, as well as state-level, general elections.
I’m coming for you, Donald. pic.twitter.com/qCxxykBBRJ
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) August 17, 2022
Under the approach, instead of party members and affiliated groups only pouring money and endorsements into their own p …