Last Updated on June 22, 2022
Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania’s Senate race, has removed all Trump-related branding from his campaign homepage after receiving the coveted Trump endorsement in his race. The endorsement is still displayed at the top of the “endorsements” page, however.
Oz, a renowned television host and cardiologist, was running against David McCormick, a Bush administration official and former hedge fund executive who conceded the close primary race after a recount.
Axios described Trump to be a “near-ubiquitous fixture” in Oz’s campaign with many advertisements bearing the phrase “endorsed by President Trump.”
Oz’s cover photo across social media was an image of him and Trump together. He mentioned Trump over 70 times on Twitter and ran ads across Google and Facebook targeting Trump supporters, Axios reported.
There has been no mention of Trump from Oz since the Republican primary on May 17th. Axios reported that Trump’s image has been removed from Oz’s social media and website.
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A spokesperson for the campaign, Brittany Yanick told Axios that they did not wipe Trump completely from the website. “The endorsement is the first endorsement listed on our website and we changed the banner to thank Pennsylvanians after the recount was completed,” Yanick said.
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin adopted a similar strategy as Oz after he won his Republican primary. Youngkin removed a multitude of Trump-related content after securing the Republican nomination for Governor.
Oz is facing a much tougher race than Youngkin; a USA TODAY Network and Suffolk poll predict Democrat Senate nominee John Fetterman beating Oz 46% to 37%.
Dr. Oz’s rebranding has infuriated Trump supporters across social media. One Twitter user said, “He won the primary and now is taking off the mask. The man is mitt Romney without the entity leadership features.”
“Trump’s bad judgement when picking people is starting to irk me a lot,” Gateway Pundit journalist Cassandra Fairbanks commented.
Others supported Oz’s strategy, with one Twitter user commenting, “Moves and counter moves. I’m sure internal polling made this his decision the most prudent. Glenn Youngkin did the same. Trump will rally the troops to vote for Oz in the fall. I don’t like him either but Trump has a real problem with suburban women in PA.”
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