Trump said Dr. Oz will ‘lose’ Senate race without major changes: Report

  • Trump expressed concern about the state of Dr. Oz’s Pennsylvania Senate campaign, according to Rolling Stone.
  • Trump questioned how the former talk show host was trailing in the polls given his high profile.
  • The former president even asked allies if the polling in the race was “rigged,” according to the report.

Former President Donald Trump said Dr. Mehmet Oz will “hell” lose the Pennsylvania Senate race if he doesn’t change his campaign strategy and questioned how such a well-known TV personality could be trailing in the polls, according to Rolling Stone report.

In private conversations, Trump has called for a course correction for Oz, whose standing has been fading among Keystone State voters in recent months, according to two sources who spoke to the publication.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Democratic Senate candidate, now boasts a steady lead in most major polls after recently returning to the campaign trail this month after several months recovering from a stroke he suffered in May.

However, Fetterman remained active on social media almost throughout, blasting Oz for missteps in his campaign and mocking him for his longtime ties to New Jersey.

The Democratic candidate even tapped “Jersey Shore” alumnus Nicole LaValle, better known as Snooki, to appear in a campaign ad designed to troll Oz for leaving the Garden State to run for Senate in Pennsylvania.

Trump, according to the report, was not amused by Oz’s predicament, as he wondered how the cardiothoracic surgeon and former talk show host could struggle in the polls given his huge acclaim.

The former president even asked if the poll was “fake,” but several individuals informed him that the numbers were accurate, according to one of the sources who spoke to Rolling Stone.

“It’s not a matter of the polls being ‘rigged,’ there are big problems with this campaign and specifically with this candidate,” the outlet’s source said of Oz’s campaign.

The source also indicated that Trump said he thought it would be “incredibly embarrassing” for Oz to lose to Fetterman, who he called “that guy,” as the former president reportedly has a low opinion of the Democratic nominee.

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Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz speaks at a Republican Jewish Coalition event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 17, 2022.

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Trump reportedly said Oz’s campaign strategy ‘makes no sense’

According to another source, Trump also wondered if he should withdraw his support for Oz, according to Rolling Stone.

Trump endorsed Oz over several other candidates who sought his endorsement, including former hedge fund executive David McCormick. (McCormick went on to narrowly lose the Oz GOP primary by 951 votes out of more than 1.3 million ballots cast.)

“The [former] the president used words like ‘disgusting’ and ‘horrible’ and ‘makes no sense’ to describe how Dr. Oz campaigned against John Fetterman over the summer,” another source told Rolling Stone. β€œIt’s weeks ago when [Trump] first started asking me and other people, “Is he going to lose the hell?” I’m sure I’m not the only one who will tell him that he probably will unless something big changes.”

On Friday, Trump announced he would travel to Pennsylvania on Sept. 3 to campaign for Oz alongside Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, who has also been trailing in the polls against his Democratic challenger, two-term state Attorney General Josh Shapiro .

Trump spokesman Taylor Budovich in a statement Friday denied the Rolling Stone report, calling it “fake news.”

“Dr. Oz has been on the campaign trail, championing the ‘America First’ agenda and working to win the support of every Pennsylvanian.” In contrast, John Fetterman continues to advocate radical policies that are destroying America,” he said.

The Senate race is an open-seat race due to the impending retirement of two-term GOP Sen. Pat Toomey; it remains the most promising opportunity for Democrats this year.

Despite President Joe Biden’s middling approval ratings in Pennsylvania, Fetterman spent years developing his own personal brand independent of national political influences and campaigned broadly in rural and suburban communities that have drifted away from Democrats in recent decades.

Sam Nanberg, a former Trump campaign adviser, told Rolling Stone that the former president should have refrained from endorsing the primaries earlier this year.

“President Trump was best served at the bare minimum by staying neutral in the primaries,” he said. “Instead, he wholeheartedly endorsed one of the most flawed candidates Republicans have nominated nationally.”

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