NEW YORK, NEW YORK: New York Democratic Representative Dan Goldman is attempting to retract a remark he made about former President Donald Trump that sparked an uproar on social media.
Goldman, 47, who represents New York’s 10th Congressional District, called for Trump to be “removed” when he appeared as a guest on MSNBC’s “Inside with Jen Psaki” on Sunday, November 19.
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He told Psaki that Trump should never hold public office again because of his refusal to accept the results of the 2020 election, which a federal indictment said incited attempts to rig the election and led to the Jan. 6 riot.
However, Goldman’s choice of words drew widespread condemnation on social media. “His rhetoric is truly becoming dangerous, more and more dangerous,” the congressman said.
“And we saw what happened on January 6th. When he uses inflammatory rhetoric now and his recent Truth on Social Media posts, it’s incredibly, incredibly scary for anyone trying to work in government,” he said.
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“At this point, there is absolutely no doubt that this person will no longer be able to hold public office. Not only is he unsuitable. It is destructive to our democracy and must be eliminated,” he added.
Dan Goldman clarified that he does not wish Donald Trump any harm (Getty Images)
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Rep. Dan Goldman apologized for his remarks
Following the furious backlash, Goldman apologized for his “bad word choice” when he called for Trump to be “removed.”
“Yesterday on TV I mistakenly used the wrong word to express the importance to America of Donald Trump not becoming President again,” he tweeted Monday.
“Although he must be defeated, I certainly do not wish him harm and do not condone political violence. I apologize for the poor choice of words,” he continued.
Yesterday on television I mistakenly used the wrong word to express the importance to America of not having Donald Trump become president again.
Although he must be defeated, I certainly do not wish him harm and do not condone political violence.
I apologize for the poor choice of words.
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) November 20, 2023
Following the apology, the Trump campaign told The NY Post on Monday that Goldman’s comments were not that unexpected.
“Democrats have been calling for violence against President Trump and his supporters since 2016. This is not new or surprising rhetoric from disgusting liberals,” Trump campaign spokesman Stephen Chung said in a statement.
The Internet reacts to Goldman’s apology
Following Goldman’s apology, a number of social media users criticized him for what some interpreted as “incitement.”
“So this is normal for you. This is just a BULLSHIT. If President Trump said that, you would raid him and lock him up. The apology is not accepted,” one user said.
“You’re a liar. Is this how the Democrats plan to deal with Trump? Are you going to ‘eliminate’ him? Who’s going to pull the trigger instead of you?” another wrote.
“I can’t laugh. Everyone knows what you mean,” a third user criticized, while a fourth said: “That was a clear statement. This is what motivated your leftist lunatics to throw a GOP baseball game. You know what you did.
“Apology is NOT accepted. We need an ORDER on you, just like they gave to Trump,” someone else wrote. “You are a lawyer, sir. You used the wrong “choice” of words. “I don’t believe you,” said another.
You are a liar. Is this how Democrats plan to deal with Trump? Are you going to “eliminate” him? Who will pull the trigger instead of you?
You should be expelled from Congress!@SpeakerJohnson
— Shawn Quinn (@ShawnQuinn83) November 20, 2023
Laughing out loud. Everyone knew what you meant.
— Joel Schamber *like Shh, Amber.* (@JoelSchamber) November 20, 2023
It was a clear statement. This is what motivated your leftist lunatics to throw a GOP baseball game. You know what you did.
Apologies not accepted.
— Big Fish (@BigFish3000) November 20, 2023
Apologies are NOT accepted. We need a GANGING ORDER on you, just like they did on Trump.
Just kidding. Gag orders are unconstitutional, and although your speech was despicable, you have the right to do so. Find out why here: https://t.co/rn10HLAtzN.
— GreatAmericanMail (@mail_american) November 20, 2023
You are a lawyer, sir. You used the wrong “choice” of words. I do not trust you.
— Trump 2024 (@Brandonstheguy) November 20, 2023
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