New York congressman Daniel Goldman has said he misspoke during an interview where he called for former President Donald Trump to be ‘eliminated.’
Rep. Daniel Goldman (D-N.Y.) denies that a comment he made about former President Donald Trump, where he called for the 45th U.S. president to be “eliminated,” was condoning violence against political figures.
Mr. Goldman ended his statements with phrasing that some viewers of the show have interpreted as condoning violence against the former president.
“And it is just unquestionable, at this point, that man cannot see public office again. He is not only unfit, he is destructive to our democracy, and he has to be eliminated,” he added.
Goldman’s Comments Provoke Backlash
Conservative social media users were quick to condemn the comments made by Mr. Goldman. Many noted the phrasing, and compared it to advocating for violence against public officials, an act that Mr. Goldman appeared to be accusing President Trump and Republicans of during the interview.
Meanwhile, radio host Mike Gallagher argued that Mr. Goldman’s apparent mistake was merely a slip of the tongue that betrayed his true intent for all to hear.
Goldman Denies He Was Condoning Violence
Mr. Goldman posted a statement to X, defending himself against the backlash and declaring the whole incident a mistake made while expressing his passionate views about the future leadership of the United States.
“I mistakenly used the wrong word to express the importance for America that Donald Trump doesn’t become President again,” he said.
“While he must be defeated, I certainly wish no harm to him and do not condone political violence. I apologize for the poor choice of words,” Mr. Goldman added.
The Epoch Times has contacted both the offices of Rep. Daniel Goldman and former president Donald Trump for further comment, but did not hear back before publication.