According to The Hill, Representative Daniel Goldman (D-N.Y.) offered an apology on Monday via X (formerly Twitter) for his use of the word “eliminated” in reference to former President Trump.
Goldman expressed remorse for his “poor choice of words” and clarified that, while he believes Trump should be defeated, he harbors no ill will toward him and does not endorse political violence.
The controversy arose during an interview with former White House press secretary Jen Psaki, where Goldman argued that Trump’s rhetoric was becoming increasingly perilous.
He asserted, “It is just unquestionable at this point that that man cannot see public office again. He is not only unfit, he is destructive to our democracy, and he has to be, he has to be eliminated.”
Goldman’s use of the term “eliminated” drew criticism, prompting him to issue an apology and clarify that he did not intend to imply harm or violence.
The specific context of what Goldman meant by “eliminated” was not immediately evident, and Psaki did not address the language during the interview.
The former president, Trump, currently faces four criminal indictments, with two cases centering on allegations of attempting to retain power after losing the 2020 election to President Biden.
Despite legal challenges, Trump maintains a prominent role in the GOP and is viewed as a leading contender in the 2024 presidential primary.
“YESTERDAY ON TV, I MISTAKENLY USED THE WRONG WORD TO EXPRESS THE IMPORTANCE FOR AMERICA THAT DONALD TRUMP DOESN’T BECOME PRESIDENT AGAIN,” GOLDMAN WROTE ON X, THE PLATFORM FORMERLY KNOWN AS TWITTER.
“WHILE HE MUST BE DEFEATED, I CERTAINLY WISH NO HARM TO HIM AND DO NOT CONDONE POLITICAL VIOLENCE,” GOLDMAN CONTINUED. “I APOLOGIZE FOR THE POOR CHOICE OF WORDS.”
Yesterday on TV, I mistakenly used the wrong word to express the importance for America that Donald Trump doesn’t become President again.
While he must be defeated, I certainly wish no harm to him and do not condone political violence.