The power of television apparently ex-President Donald Trump and day time talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is running for the Republican nomination in this November’s Pennsylvania Senate election, has joined forces.
Trump expressed support for Oz in a statement before a rally in Selma, North Carolina, on Saturday night. The approval is seen as a test of Trump’s grip on the Republican Party, as some do not see Oz as conservative.
“It’s all about stopping the extremist left from destroying our country in order to win the election,” Trump said in a statement. “The great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a great opportunity to save America by electing the brilliant and well-known Dr. Mehmet Oz to the United States Senate.”
In his statement, Trump added that Oz was particularly popular with women because he worked on TV during the day and could do well in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Trump also mentioned his own appearance on the Dr. Oz show during the 2016 campaign, when Trump physically showed partial results. “He even said that I was in great health, which made me like him (although he also said that I should lose a few pounds!)”
At the Selma rally, Trump followed his statement with another Oz tout, calling him a “great man, good man … Harvard-educated, great, great career and they liked him for a long time. It’s like a vote. You know when you Having been on television for 18 years, it’s like a vote, it means people like you. “
Pennsylvania’s approval is second in Trump’s race. He had previously backed Shawn Parnell, who withdrew after allegations of abuse by his wife, allegations he denied.