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Former president Donald Trump has endorsed Dr Mehmet Oz to represent Pennsylvania in the US Senate, angering a number of prominent Republicans.
“I have known Dr. Oz for many years, as have many others, even if only through his very successful television show,” Mr Trump said on Saturday. “He has lived with us through the screen and has always been popular, respected, and smart.”
The announcement outraged many conservatives, including the previous Trump-endorsed candidate for that seat.
“I have enormous respect for President Trump,” tweeted Sean Parnell, who dropped out of the race in November. “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.”
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Previous Trump-endorsed candidate ‘disappointed’ by Dr Oz endorsement
Sean Parnell has spoken out against Donald Trump’s endorsement of Dr Mehmet Oz for Pennsylvania’s open US Senate seat – the spot Mr Parnell ran for himself, with Mr Trump’s endorsement, before dropping out last November.
On Twitter, Mr Parnell made it clear he does not like his replacement.
“I have enormous respect for President Trump. I was honored to have his endorsement in PA. Twice,” Mr Parnell tweeted. “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.”
US Senate candidate Dr Mehmet Oz has thanked Donald Trump for endorsing him, embracing the former president’s “America First agenda.”
“I am honored to receive President Trump’s full support and endorsement, and I thank him for that,” Dr Oz tweeted on Saturday, just hours after the announcement. “President Trump knows how critical it is to change the kinds of people we send to Washington. I’m ready to bring an America First agenda to the Senate for Pennsylvania.”
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Ali Alexander, formerly Ali Akbar, has been involved in right-wing politics since the late 2010s, when his live-streamed political rantings began to gain attention on social media.
After Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, Mr Alexander quickly embraced the outgoing president’s quest to overturn it. A few weeks before Congress was scheduled to certify the results, the pro-Trump activist said he had a plan: he and others would organize a protest to put “pressure” on Congress to reject the outcome. Read more here:
A day after Donald Trump endorsed Dr Mehmet Oz for US Senate, one of the ex-president’s staunchest supporters in Congress denounced his decision.
“This is happening because Trump’s surrounded himself by staff who are on McConnell’s payroll & hostile to the MAGA agenda,” Rep Mo Brooks, a Republican of Alabama, tweeted. “Everybody telling Trump who to endorse in primaries works for The Swamp. They played him. Again.”
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“My friends, this country can change very quickly and it may seem impossible; people tell me it’s impossible,” he said before he wheeled up to the lectern and with the help of two aides, propped himself up on metal braces.
“Well, my friends, God spared my life,” he said, speaking of the car accident. “He has given me the strength to stand before you today, so do not lecture me on what is impossible. My fellow patriots, Americans are in the business of doing the impossible because with God, all things are impossible.”
Former president Donald Trump endorsed television host and physician Mehmet Oz ahead of the Pennsylvania Senate primary on Saturday night.
Mr Trump made the announcement on Saturday ahead of his rally in Selma, North Carolina. Like Mr Trump, Dr Oz earned national name recognition through television, in his case through the popular Dr Oz show, which Mr Trump cited in his endorsement.
“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,” Mr Trump said in a statement.
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