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 TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' 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 MooreThe 5 most vulnerable senators in 2020 The biggest political upsets of the decade GOP predicts bipartisan acquittal at Trump impeachment trial MORE, who was vanquished in December by Democrat Doug Jones. "We can’t take any chances on losing to a Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle 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) KingLawmakers introduce bill taxing e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaigns Democrat who opposed Trump, Clinton impeachment inquiries faces big test House GOP criticizes impeachment drive as distracting from national security issues MORE and Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinBoth sides of the aisle call for local, state, federal cooperation on homelessness Trump tweets American flag amid reports of strike against Iranian general House votes to temporarily repeal Trump SALT deduction cap 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.