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Former President Donald Trump is increasingly upset he backed former TV personality Mehmet Oz for a Senate seat in Pennsylvania, sources told Rolling Stone.
He’s going to “f**k loose” unless something drastic changes, Trump has complained about his pick, two sources discussing November’s midterm elections with Trump, told the publication. Told.
According to Rolling Stone, Oz, a heart surgeon, is faltering in the election, and Trump has asked his confidants how someone once so popular on TV could increase his numbers. Trump, like Oz, had zero experience in politics before being elected president, but was best known as a successful businessman and then hosting the long-running “The Apprentice” reality TV show.
According to a Rolling Stone report, Trump has even privately asked advisers whether it was a mistake for him to support Oz.
Yet Trump remains on course. He announced Friday that he would travel to Pennsylvania for a Sept. 3 rally in support of Oz, the highly controversial GOP Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, and “the whole Pennsylvania Trump ticket.”
In the latest of Oz’s widely mocked blunders, he lamented in a video, originally made in April, about the high cost of “crudite” in a town that loves Philly cheesesticks. He also mentioned the well-known Pennsylvania grocery store Radner’s where he was shopping for raw vegetables, such as “Wegner.”
Oz’s Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, quickly trolled Oz for what Pennsylvania voters know as “crudite” to something less highbrow: a veggie platter.
Chicago comedian Kim Quindlen and late-night host Stephen Colbert quickly piled on, with Colbert hailing Fetterman for going “the full troll on Oz’s Garden State asshole.”
Oz was also mocked last month for posing as a man of people at a cheesesteak restaurant with Philly’s iconic sandwich. Fetterman cursed him for that stunt and got some Trolling Help from a Local Cheesesteak CompanyWhich Philly seemed to love.
Fetterman was removed from the campaign for three months as he took place in May just before the primary just before Stoke. But he has played a sensible Internet game, reaching out to fellow Pennsylvanians and attacking Oz as a Know-Nothing carpetbagger from New Jersey, where the TV personality lives, and where he recently voted 2020 was.
Fetterman has recruited high-profile New Jerseyans, particularly musician-actors Steven Van Zandt and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, in sneaky political commercials for the reality TV franchise “Jersey Shore”. He requests “Mehmet” to come home (Polizzi) and to get back to where he is (Van Zandt): New Jersey.
Other Trump Senate race endorsements — investment banker JD Vance in Ohio and former football star Herschelle Walker in Georgia — also lag behind their Democratic opponents: Rep. Tim Ryan and Sen. Raphael Warnock in Georgia.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned Thursday that, in light of flagging poll numbers, Republicans may not take the Senate as predictable in earlier predictions, calling GOP candidates a lack of “quality.” referred to as.
“I think the House is more likely to overturn than the Senate,” McConnell told reporters, according to NBC News. “Senate races are just different — they’re statewide. The quality of a candidate has a lot to do with the outcome.
McConnell did not select any candidate as lacking in quality. But his dig reflected the dismay in the GOP about controversial Republican Senate candidates who had little or no political experience — most notably Oz, Vance and Walker.
This article was originally published on HuffPost and has been updated.