Conservatives lashed out at former President Donald Trump on social media after backing Mehmet Oz in the GOP Pennsylvania Senate primary.
Ex-President Backs Doctor Who Gained Fame Dr. Oz ShowDuring his rally in Selma, North Carolina, on Saturday night, praising him as a candidate who is “smart, tough, and will never let you down.”
The Senate race in Pennsylvania is expected to be one of the closest in the country, with many Republicans vying for the nomination. With his celebrity status, Oz is regarded as one of the front runners of the race, but still faces skepticism from some conservative voters.
“He even said I was in exceptional health, which made me even more like him (though he also said I should lose a few pounds!),” Trump wrote in his endorsement.
Trump specifically noted that Oz would do better than other candidates in the Democratic strongholds of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, “where other candidates just won’t be accepted.”
However, conservatives took to Twitter to share their disdain for support, saying that Oz would not be conservative enough in the Senate, with some pointing to his previous comments on abortion and gun control.
Sean Parnell, the Senate candidate Trump previously endorsed before being dropped out of domestic abuse charges, wrote on Twitter that even though he has “great respect” for the former president, he is “disappointed” with the endorsement.
“Oz is the opposite of everything that made Trump the best president of my lifetime – he’s the furthest thing from America First and that would be so bad for PA,” he wrote.
Timothy Swain, who is running for a seat in South Carolina’s House of Representatives, criticized the “terrible support” that Oz would be “Romney 2.0”, referring to Utah Senator Mitt Romney, a Republican who has criticized Trump. spoke against.
Joel Pollack, senior editor-at-large at Breitbart, tweeted, “MAGA can split in the only way that matters: it can lose America First conservatives on this one.”
Alabama Republican Representative Mo Brooks blamed Trump’s staff for the endorsement.
“It’s happening because Trump surrounds himself with employees who are on McConnell’s payroll and hostile to the MAGA agenda. Everyone is telling Trump who to support in the primaries, to The Swamp Works,” he wrote. “They played him. Again.”
Oz announced his Senate campaign last November, when Parnell dropped out of the race, immediately bringing high name recognition to the crowded primary. Polls have indicated that the primary is competitive, with Oz leading several polls, with businessman David McCormick lead others,
Whoever wins the primary will still face a competitive race in November 2020 in a state president, Joe Biden. There is little polling currently available on the race, but the Cook Political Report classifies it As a “toss-up”.
newsweek Trump’s press office and Oz’s campaign were reached for comment.