NYT’s Maggie Haberman Says Trump Is In “Friend-Making Mode” As Scandal-Ridden Ex-President Endorses A Trump-Bashing Congressman

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New York Times senior political reporter Maggie Haberman says the washed-up, one-term, twice-impeached former guy is in “friend-making mode” amidst the ongoing investigations against him, as Donald Trump slaps his endorsement on an incumbent GOP congressional candidate who hasn’t exactly been the former guy’s biggest fan.

In a statement, the scandal-ridden ex-president wrote:

Congressman Tom Cole is always fighting for Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional District.

Tom is working hard to Stop Inflation, Promote American Energy Independence, Secure the Border, Grow the Economy, Protect Life, Support our Veterans, and Strongly Defend the Second Amendment.

Tom Cole is a widely respected Representative, and he has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

Also today, New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman took to her Twitter and wrote, “In last few weeks, Trump has congratulated Nancy Mace, whom he’d savaged and who beat his supported candidate, and endorsed Tom Cole, who’s been critical of him. A smart adviser to him describes the under-investigation Trump as in ‘friend-making mode’ with lawmakers.”

Trump, of course, remains under federal investigation in Georgia, New York, and Washington D.C. for matters ranging from the 2020 presidential election to his corrupt family business. But it certainly looks as though he’s beginning to crack and grow desperate under the pressure, as recently endorsed Tom Cole has not always had nice things to say about the former president.

Back in March of 2017, just a few months into Donald Trump’s White House term, Cole openly called on Donald Trump to publicly apologize to his predecessor, after Trump accused Barack Obama of wire-tapping him.

“I see no indication that that’s true,” Cole said at the time. “And so it’s not a charge I would have ever made. And frankly, unless you can produce some pretty compelling proof, then I think the president, you know, President Obama is owed an apology in that regard.”

The following November, Cole took aim at Trump yet again, after the then-president referred to Congresswoman Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas,” calling Trump’s remarks “insensitive and unnecessary.”

In July of 2019, the now-Trump-endorsed candidate called out the then-president’s xenophobic tweet telling members of “The Squad” to go back where they came from.

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” Trump tweeted at the time.

Cole spoke with NPR on the heels of the tweet and said that while he didn’t believe Trump’s comment was racist, it was “inappropriate and offensive.”


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