‘I’ve been black all my life. Fact check it’: Move over Dr Oz! GOP contender takes no prisoners at Penn debate

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As the presumed front-runner, Trump-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, the celebrity TV doctor, was on the receiving end of many political barbs in an intense Wednesday evening GOP debate among those seeking to represent Pennsylvania in Washington.

But it appears that America First U.S Army veteran Kathy Barnette, an author, political commentator, and home-schooling mom, perhaps made the most impact in the hour-long event, advising viewers that it is not necessary to hold their nose cast a vote for “the lesser of two evils.”

Barnette insisted that she is putting together a broad coalition of voters from all walks of life, including Democrats. “I am you Pennsylvania…not only do I have a grasp on our own base, but I can go into every nook and cranny, and take the votes that we need in order to really beat [Democrat John] Fetterman in the general election. So let’s go do this.”

Incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey has decided against seeking reelection, prompting a multi-candidate primary field to succeed him.

Oz, a heart surgeon, has faced criticism that he has flip-flopped on various issues and as such, is insufficiently conservative, let alone MAGA, based on various past statements as well as being a possible carpetbagger given his minimal connection to the Keystone State.

The other supposed front-runner, ex-hedge fund manager and GOP contender David McCormick, has branded Oz a RINO, and both men have staged an arms race in running ads against each other in the state.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Barnette focused much of her attention on Oz and McCormick, whom she described as out of step with the “America First” agenda and the pro-Trump right. She tried to contrast herself with the two enormously wealthy men by telling her personal story of growing up on a pig farm in Alabama and becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college.

But she also showed her comfort in throwing punches. Barnette called Oz and McCormick “globalists,” citing their membership in the World Economic Forum, which is best known for hosting Davos, an annual meeting of politicians and business leaders in Switzerland.

 

“David McCormick and Mehmet Oz are both globalists in bed with the World Economic Forum,” she tweeted.

Reacting to the leak of the draft, unfinalized Supreme Court opinion in the Dobbs. v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, Barnette admitted in a dramatic debate moment that she is the “byproduct” of rape,

“Whether this was a leak, or whether it was a tactical operation, we will soon figure out. But one thing is clear: I am so very grateful that our nation is now having a very important conversation, and that is one of the most important conversations, that is about life. I am the byproduct of a rape. My mother was 11 years old when I was conceived. My father was 21.

“I was not just a lump of cells,” she continued. “As you can see, I’m still not just a lump of cells. My life has value. And that is one of the reasons why it was so very disturbing when I saw Mehmet Oz running for this particular race, when I’ve seen him on numerous occasions, and specifically at the Breakfast Club, saying that my life was nothing more than an acorn with electrical currents…my life is valuable, and so are the many lives that find themselves in the womb of their mother…”

Amidst various allegations of all kinds flying back and forth, Oz now claims to be pro-life as reflected in the above clip.

At one point in the Newsmax-hosted debate, moderator Greta Van Susteren asked Barnette, as an African-American conservative woman, about her outreach to those in her community who vote overwhelmingly Democrat.

“Yes, it is true, I’m black,” Barnette quipped. “And I’ve been black all my life: fact-check it. Listen, black people are not special little unicorns. We want what everyone else wants. We want good schools, we want safe streets, we want good jobs. We don’t want liquor stores on every street corner. The problem is in the Republican Party, for good or bad, we have the best story to tell. The problem is we keep picking people who suck at telling it.”

“A new Monmouth University poll shows a near tie between the top three candidates, with Oz leading at 22%, closely followed by McCormick at 19% and Barnette at 18%,” Fox News noted.

The GOP primary is on May 17.

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