Former President Donald Trump was “furious” Wednesday at Republicans’ disappointing showing nationally, according to a report, specifically blaming people who advised him to hire Dr. Mehmet Oz in the running for Pennsylvania Senate endorsement, including former President’s wife Melania.
Oz lost to Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman in the state’s closely watched Senate contest, a crushing defeat for Republicans trying to regain a Senate majority. Fetterman’s victory allowed Democrats to take the seat of retired Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, known for her access to Trump and his orbit, tweeted Wednesday, “Trump is actually angry this morning, especially at Mehmet Oz, and blames everyone who advised him to go to Oz.” support — including his wife, who says it’s not her best decision, according to people close to him.”
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“There are people urging Trump to delay his announcement next week and several Rs have texted asking if he will do that but it is risky and would acknowledge he is wounded up until yesterday something to look forward to some of his advisors insist is not the case,” she added. “It is worth remembering that Trump is a grown man who, despite objections from some of those closest to him, has supported Oz and instead not only supported and attacked Dave McCormick from the stage at a rally.”
Trump-backed candidates have lost or lagged behind other Republicans in their states in crucial races across the country, and pundits across the spectrum said Trump had had a brutal night for his political brand.
Oz, who rose to fame as a television doctor but had no previous political experience, earned Trump’s endorsement in the Pennsylvania Senate primary via Dave McCormick. Despite lagging behind in polls all year, Oz’s contest was viewed by Republicans as a possible win over Fetterman, who was criticized for his lack of transparency about his stroke recovery, inconsistent responses to issues like fracking, and a widespread debate performance in the last month was met .
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Still, Fetterman clinched the win Tuesday night, one of several contests that left Republicans in shock Wednesday morning.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Melania Trump had expressed her support for Oz to her husband. Oz was hit frequently by Fetterman during the campaign because he was too wealthy and out of touch to interact with Pennsylvanians. Oz conceded the race on Wednesday morning.
Many conservatives are furious with Trump over the midterm results, which they saw as a missed opportunity for resounding pickups given President Biden’s low approval ratings and record inflation.
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