Rep. Daniel Goldman (D-N.Y.) expressed regret on Monday for his previous choice of words regarding former President Trump. In a statement on X (formerly known as Twitter), Goldman acknowledged his mistake and clarified his intentions.
In the statement, Goldman wrote, “Yesterday on TV, I mistakenly used the wrong word to convey the significance of preventing Donald Trump from assuming the presidency again. While I firmly believe he should be defeated, I want to emphasize that I do not wish harm upon him, and I unequivocally condemn any form of political violence. I apologize for my poor choice of words.”
During an interview with former White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Goldman highlighted his concerns about the dangerous nature of Trump’s rhetoric. He stated, “It is undeniable at this point that allowing Trump to hold public office again would be detrimental to our democracy. He is not only unfit, but he poses a threat to the foundations of our system. He mustn’t have the opportunity to do so and be prevented from returning to power.”
The exact meaning behind Goldman’s use of the word “eliminated” was unclear, and Psaki did not question it during the interview. However, following public backlash, Goldman felt compelled to address the issue and clarify his position.
It is important to note that Trump, who currently leads the GOP primary for the 2024 presidential election, is now facing four criminal indictments. Two of these cases revolve around allegations of his attempts to retain power after losing the 2020 election to President Biden.
Goldman’s apology signifies his commitment to upholding the principles of democracy and maintaining a respectful and responsible discourse. While his choice of words may have been regrettable, it is essential to focus on the broader message he was attempting to convey – the importance of safeguarding democratic values and preventing further harm to the nation’s political landscape.
Representative Goldman has been married twice. In 2002, he wed Anne Montminy, a Canadian Olympic diver and lawyer. Their marriage produced two children before ending in divorce in 2008. In 2013, he entered into matrimony with Corinne Levy, and the couple has since welcomed three children.