“You have Mehmet Oz, who has never used his public platform to advance any of our America First programs. He never has. And now we are being told he is a MAGA conservative . Ever,” she said, before attacking McCormick for ties to the hedge fund he previously ran in China. “You can’t be in bed with China financially if you’re not also in bed with China ideologically. … And yet they tell us they’re conservative. Be careful.”
McCormick described his work in China on Friday as “negotiating against” the country, adding that “nobody has the credentials and the strength to take on China like me.”
She added: “Look at this video they made, right? I never supported Black Lives Matter. I never said our country was systemically racist. In fact, I always said otherwise, I always said my story just shows you how far we’ve come as a nation.”
Trump’s endorsement of Oz drew a backlash from conservative activists in Pennsylvania, some of whom have turned to Barnette over the former president’s decision.
Trump said in a statement Thursday that Barnette was not a viable general election candidate.
“Kathy Barnette will never be able to win the general election against radical left Democrats,” he said.
“Nobody talks about my old tweets,” she said. “They have to go back almost 10 years to find…not a full thought or sentence and say that’s who she is.”
Barnette also attacked Fox host Sean Hannity, who had Oz on his show and questioned him about some of his past tweets. She told the audience that Hannity is “doing exactly what he and others have said about the left, he’s sowing misinformation in order to suppress our vote, in order to steal an election. That’s exactly what they’re doing.” make”.
Barnette challenged that assumption on Saturday, arguing that the Republican Party often makes mistakes in choosing candidates.
“I believe the Republican Party has the best story. … We keep picking people who can’t tell our story. We do,” she said. “We keep picking the same old, same old, thinking we’re going to get a different result.”
On criticism of her, she added: “Their problem with me is that I didn’t ask permission. I didn’t ask permission. I just walked through the front door. “