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Former President Donald Trump is being dogpiled by supporters and facing heavy backlash over claims he was played by the establishment GOP following his endorsement of Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania for the U.S. Senate ahead of the Republican primary.
“This is all about winning elections in order to stop the Radical Left maniacs from destroying our Country,” Trump asserted in a statement. “I have known Dr. Oz for many years, as have many others, even if only through his very successful television show. He has lived with us through the screen and has always been popular, respected, and smart.”
“He even said that I was in extraordinary health, which made me like him even more (although he also said I should lose a couple of pounds!)” Trump joked.
“Dr. Oz is smart, tough, and will never let you down, therefore, he has my Complete and Total Endorsement,” the former president said in his statement.
Trump “knows how critical it is to change the kinds of people we send to Washington. I’m ready to fight,” Oz said in a statement. “I thank him for that, and I am proud to receive his endorsement.”
I’m honored to have President Trump's Endorsement. Read full statement here: https://t.co/HG0ObpGvP3
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) April 10, 2022
This is happening because Trump’s surrounded himself by staff who are on McConnell’s payroll & hostile to the MAGA agenda. Everybody telling Trump who to endorse in primaries works for The Swamp.
They played him. Again. https://t.co/SoD656HT0V
— Mo Brooks (@MoBrooks) April 10, 2022
A number of Republican candidates were vying for Trump’s endorsement in Pennsylvania which is seen as a key battleground state and could determine control of the Senate. The former president is perceived as a kingmaker in the lead-up to the midterm elections this year and his approval carries a lot of weight in the party. Many find the endorsement of Oz to be untenable.
Army veteran Sean Parnell, who has been endorsed by Trump twice, condemned the endorsement on Twitter, saying, “I have enormous respect for President Trump. I was honored to have his endorsement in PA. Twice. But I’m disappointed by this. Oz is the antithesis of everything that made Trump the best president of my lifetime—he’s the farthest thing from America First & he’d be very bad for PA.”
I have enormous respect for President Trump. I was honored to have his endorsement in PA.
But I’m disappointed by this. Oz is the antithesis of everything that made Trump the best president of my lifetime—he’s the farthest thing from America First & he’d be very bad for PA https://t.co/kuTo4pp53U
— Sean Parnell (@SeanParnellUSA) April 9, 2022
Dave McCormick, who is a former George W. Bush administration official and is married to Dina Powell, a former deputy national security adviser to Trump, was also in the running for his endorsement but did not get it even though he leads Oz, according to recent polls. According to Axios, McCormick met twice with Trump at Mar-a-Lago seeking his endorsement.
Other big-name conservatives expressed dismay at Oz getting the endorsement.
Author Allie Beth Stuckey was blunt in her astonishment, “Wait. Is there anything conservative about Dr. Oz?”
Wait. Is there anything conservative about Dr. Oz?
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) April 9, 2022
Former NYPD police officer John Cardillo tore into the announcement, “Trump’s endorsement of Dr. Oz is inexcusable. He just put his political capital behind an anti-gun pro-abortion open borders Hollywood liberal. Oz will be another Mitt Romney in the Senate.”
Trump’s endorsement of Dr. Oz is inexcusable.
He just put his political capital behind an anti-gun pro-abortion open borders Hollywood liberal.
Oz will be another Mitt Romney in the Senate.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) April 10, 2022
Look at the chatter.
Pennsylvania Republicans do not want Dr. Oz.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) April 10, 2022
Similarly, Ryan Fournier, who is the founder of Students for Trump, expressed support for the former president, but not for Oz: “Dr. Oz will never have my support. Ever. I support Trump wholeheartedly – but I disagree with this endorsement and that’s okay. I know MANY others feel the same way.”
Dr. Oz will never have my support.
I support Trump wholeheartedly – but I disagree with this endorsement and that’s okay.
I know MANY others feel the same way.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) April 10, 2022
Republicans made their case why Oz is not a conservative with receipts to back it up:
WATCH: Dr Oz argues for upholding Roe v Wade abortion standards, 2019 pic.twitter.com/G4xwg0tjRf
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) December 7, 2021
NEW PROOF RINO Mehmet Oz is pro-abortion.
“I’m not socially conservative,” Oz said. “We should not be creating obstacles during the difficult time that women have when trying to terminate a pregnancy.”
Abortion to birth. That’s the Hollywood/Oz position https://t.co/AU4ov4lcAr
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) March 31, 2022
WATCH: Dr Oz says we should have Red Flag Laws that take people’s guns away by surveilling their social media posts
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) December 2, 2021
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) April 6, 2022
Total meltdown from Mehmet Oz when his anti-fracking, anti-Pennsylvania energy columns were brought up at the #PAsen forum.
Here he is in 2015 advocating against fracking jobs, touting New York's ban on fracking. pic.twitter.com/voulQfAzDo
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) March 30, 2022
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