“You have Mehmet Oz, who never used his public platform to advance any of the America First agenda. He never did. And now we’re being told he’s a conservative from MAGA. Never,” she said, before attacking McCormick for ties to the hedge fund that previously led him to China. . “You can’t be in bed with China financially if you’re not ideologically sympathetic to China…and yet they tell us they’re conservative. Watch out.”
McCormick on Friday portrayed his work in China as “negotiating against” the state, adding that “no one has the credentials and toughness to deal with China like I do.”
She added, “Look at the video they did, right? I’ve never supported Black Lives Matter. I’ve never said our country is systematically racist. In fact, I’ve always said the opposite, I’ve always said my story just shows you how far we’ve come as a nation.” “.
Trump’s endorsement of Oz sparked a backlash from conservative activists in Pennsylvania, some of whom were drawn to Barnett over the former president’s decision.
Trump said in a statement Thursday that Barnett is not a viable candidate in the general election.
“Kathy Barnett will never be able to win a general election against the Radical Left Democrats,” he said.
“No one talks about my old tweets,” she said. “They have to spend 10 years in the past to find…not a complete idea or sentence and say this is it.”
Barnett also attacked Fox host Sean Hannity, who had featured Oz on his show and asked about some of her previous tweets. She told the audience that Hannity is “doing exactly what he and the others on the left have said, he’s sowing disinformation in order to suppress our voting, in order to steal elections. That’s exactly what they’re doing.”
Barnett disputed that assumption on Saturday, arguing that the Republican Party often makes mistakes in selecting candidates.
“I think the Republican Party has the best story,” she said. “We keep picking the unfortunate people to tell our story. And we do that.” “We keep picking the same seniors and seniors, thinking we’ll get a different result.”
Regarding the criticism directed at her, she added, “Their problem with me is that I did not ask for permission. I did not ask for permission. I just walked towards the front door.”