Oprah Winfrey’s shamefully desperate endorsement screams ‘partisan hack’

Oprah Winfrey helped turn Dr. Mehmet Oz into a household name and has called him a friend for 20 years, but in the end, political partisanship won out over their relationship and she endorsed a stroke-impaired John Fetterman in Pennsylvania.

Winfrey made the announcement on Thursday, giving her endorsement to Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman over Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz in the Pennsylvania Senate race, according to Fox News.

Oz came to fame on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” before landing his own talk show in 2009, which was produced by her company Harpo. Winfrey has referred to Oz as being like a son to her but predictably turned on him when he needed her support the most.

“I’ll tell you all this, if I lived in Pennsylvania, I would have already cast my vote for John Fetterman for many reasons,” Winfrey declared during a virtual conversation with Democrats.

(Video Credit: Dr. Oz)

Fetterman’s campaign, of course, seized on Winfrey’s words, contending that support for the Democrat over Oz “speaks volumes.”

“Oprah is widely regarded as the person who helped launch Dr. Oz’s career, and knows him well,” the campaign snidely asserted in a statement.

The Pennsylvania Democrat called Winfrey’s endorsement an “honor and privilege.” He also called her a “leader on so many issues — fighting for our democracy, passing common-sense gun reform, and ensuring racial justice. I’m grateful for Oprah’s support and trust on the issues that matter to people across the country and Pennsylvania as we close out this campaign,” according to Fox News.

After the primaries, Winfrey declined to endorse anyone in the race, claiming it was up to Pennsylvanians to make that decision. But since the polls have tightened and Oz has taken the lead, star power was needed evidently. Thus the endorsement. It screams desperation as well as disloyalty on Oprah’s part. She has also come out and endorsed other Democrats in an effort to sway the midterm elections.

“That is not the only race that matters,” she remarked. “If I was in North Carolina, as you mentioned, Sister [Cheri] Beasley there, and if I was in Florida, I’d be supporting Val Demings. If I was in Wisconsin, it would be Mandela Barnes. In Nevada, [Catherine] Cortez Masto, and in Texas, Beto O’Rourke and Raphael Warnock and the incredible Stacey Abrams, of course, in Georgia.”

“There are clear choices out there… the values we hold dear, the values of inclusion, the values of compassion and that so many of us share… Use your discernment and choose wisely for the democracy of our country,” Winfrey added.

Reaction poured in via social media after Winfrey turned on her old friend.

Political activist Brandon Straka tweeted in response to the news, “Oprah Winfrey has come out against Dr. Oz, and endorsed Fetterman. Apparently she missed the memo that her audience (suburban white women) have dramatically swung to the right in all midterm polling.”

Another user was blunter, “BREAKING: Oprah Winfrey beclowns herself by endorsing a far-left stroke victim to be a United States senator.”

“Oprah Winfrey just endorsed John Fetterman over her former pal Dr Oz. Any doubt she’s a partisan hack has been removed,” one person definitively stated on Twitter.

Yet another snarked, “Define ‘shameless’ – That’s easy, see Oprah Winfrey endorsing Fetterman over Dr. Oz.”

More chimed in and ripped Winfrey for her duplicity:

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