Grimm condemns Donovan after Trump endorsement: Endorsements can't change facts

Grimm condemns Donovan after Trump endorsement: Endorsements can't change facts
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Republican House candidate Michael Grimm (N.Y.) waved off President Trump's endorsement of his primary opponent, Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) on Wednesday, saying that Donovan has voted against Trump "every time it's mattered."

"All the endorsements in the world can’t change the facts: Donovan has failed to pass even one substantive bill into law, and has voted against President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE every time it’s mattered – from failing to repeal Obamacare, to banning sanctuary cities, and even against tax cuts," Grimm tweeted. 

Grimm's comment came minutes after Trump endorsed Donovan in pair of tweets touting the Staten Island Republican, saying there is "no one better to represent" New York's 11th District and suggesting that only Donovan could win the November election.

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"There is no one better to represent the people of N.Y. and Staten Island (a place I know very well) than @RepDanDonovan, who is strong on Borders & Crime, loves our Military & our Vets, voted for Tax Cuts and is helping me to Make America Great Again. Dan has my full endorsement!" Trump wrote in one tweet. 

Contrary to Trump's claim, Donovan was among 12 Republicans to vote against the tax-cut package in December.

"Very importantly, @RepDanDonovan will win for the Republicans in November...and his opponent will not. Remember Alabama," he added, apparently referencing former Alabama Senate candidate Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreSexual assault is not a game — stop using women to score political points GAO investigating after employee featured in Project Veritas video Roy Moore dismisses Kavanaugh accusation: 'So obvious' when claims come 'just days before a very important event' MORE, who was vanquished in December by Democrat Doug Jones. "We can’t take any chances on losing to a Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDisclosures suggest rebates and insurers responsible for rising out-of-pocket drug costs Democrats keeping GOP from motivating voters with Trump impeachment threat, analyst says Celebrities, lawmakers wear black to support Kavanaugh’s accuser MORE controlled Democrat!"

Trump's endorsement followed one week after Donovan met with Trump and other GOP congressmen on a trip aboard Air Force One from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to New York.

Donovan said he and two Long Island Republicans, Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingThe Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh, accuser say they’re prepared to testify On The Money: Broad coalition unites against Trump tariffs | Senate confirms new IRS chief | Median household income rose for third straight year in 2017 | Jamie Dimon's brief battle with Trump MORE and Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinTrump allies want Congress to find anonymous op-ed author House Republicans ask Trump to declassify Carter Page surveillance docs Biographer criticizes Republicans for using Pat Tillman's memory to attack Kaepernick MORE joined Trump to discuss the MS-13 gang at a lunch roundtable.

Trump's endorsement delivered a blow to Grimm, who has sought throughout his campaign to align himself closely with the president and to cast Donovan as an opponent of Trump.

Grimm and Donovan are set to face off in the district's Republican primary on June 26.

Grimm, who finished an eight-month prison sentence in 2016 after he was convicted of tax fraud, has repeatedly hammered Donovan for failing to side with Trump in a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and a vote slashing funding for so-called sanctuary cities. 

Republicans, however, have widely backed Donovan in anticipation of a fierce Democratic challenge in the November midterm elections.