Former President Donald Trump on Thursday tried to distance himself from Mehmet Oz’s failure in Pennsylvania and denied experiences that he blamed his spouse, Melania, for pushing him towards the celeb physician as a most popular Senate candidate.
Mr. Trump backed Mr. Oz in the GOP main over David McCormick, who was thought of the institution’s most popular candidate.
Mr. Oz lost to Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in Tuesday’s election, giving Democrats a vital pickup in the battle for the Senate and sparking finger-pointing in the GOP.
Mr. Trump fumed over experiences he blamed the previous first girl and Fox News host Sean Hannity for steering him towards Mr. Oz.
“First of all Oz is a wonderful guy who really worked hard and was a very good candidate, but he WAS LONG IN THE RACE before I ever Endorsed him, they had NOTHING to do with it, he was not a ‘denier’ (his mistake!), & I was not at all ANGRY. Fake News!” Mr. Trump wrote on Truth Social, the social media platform he launched after getting kicked off Twitter.
Mr. Trump initially endorsed one other Pennsylvania Senate candidate, Sean Parnell, in the GOP race. Mr. Parnell didn’t make it to the first election, quitting the marketing campaign in the center of a nasty divorce and custody battle.
Key figures in the GOP are faulting Mr. Trump after an anticipated pink wave failed to materialize.
Though the GOP ought to retake the House, some Republicans say Trump-backed candidates underperformed and made it arduous to win a stable House majority or retake the Senate.
Mr. Trump additionally faulted Don Bolduc, who lost a Senate race to Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, for backing off his claims the 2020 election was stolen from Mr. Trump.
“Had he stayed strong and true, he would have won, easily,” Mr. Trump wrote. “Lesson Learned!!”