President Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed New York Republican Rep. Dan Donovan in his heated primary race against former Rep. Michael Grimm, saying the former Staten Island prosecutor "will win for the Republicans in November and his opponent will not."
In a pair of Twitter posts, Trump said Donovan "is strong on border and crime, loves our military and our vets, voted for tax cuts."
Donovan actually voted against the tax bill, saying though he wanted to vote in favor of a plan to put more money in his constituets' pockets and create jobs, he feared instead it would raise taxes on New Yorkers.
The president also invoked last December's loss by former Alabama Supreme Court judge Roy Moore in the special Senate election to Democrat Doug Jones in one of the posts:
Donovan, 61, who is seeking a second full term, and Grimm are locked in a tense battle to represent Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn in the June 26 primary.
Grimm, 48, resigned from Congress in 2015 to serve eight months in prison after pleading guilty to federal tax evasion.
He had served the district five years — and Donovan was elected to fill his seat in a special election that May.
Grimm has slammed Donovan for being a consistent Trump supporter, according to news reports, and the incumbent has ripped Grimm as the "convict congressman" in recent radio ads.
He also has attacked Grimm for allegedly filing a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics claiming Donovan intervened in the arrest of his fiancée's son in 2015, which Donovan denies.
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