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Over the past week, I’ve had more hate mail from fellow conservatives than I’ve ever had in my life, and I’m not alone. Conservative show host and former Fox News host Todd Starnes told me tonight that he’s never seen anything like it.
“I’ve never gotten this much hate from MAGA world before,” he said.
Like Starnes, I am a Trump supporter. Like Starnes, I do not support Donald Trump’s endorsement for U.S. Senate in the upcoming Pennsylvania primary, Dr. Mehmet Oz. For this, we’re getting lambasted by fellow conservatives for being disloyal.
“What concerns me is that the definition of conservative seems to be evolving,” he said. “Conservative used to define someone who wanted to limit big government, stop out-of-control spending, defend the unborn, support the Second Amendment and fight back against the sex and gender revolutionaries. But now, the definition of conservative seems to be ‘someone who is electable.’
“If you are pro-abortion, anti-Second Amendment and you support radical gender reassignment surgery for minors, you are not a conservative.”
I get it. There are those who have not been dissuaded by reports of Dr. Oz’s leftist past which includes support for keeping Roe v. Wade, gun control, and puberty blockers for transgender children. All they see is President Trump’s endorsement and assume that all is well in the Land of Oz. But I don’t buy it, and apparently many other Republicans aren’t buying it either as the latest polls show Dr. Oz in a three-way tie with Kathy Barnette and David McCormick.
Based on the responses I’ve received from recent viral Tweets and several articles in support of Barnette, I’m not sure many of Dr. Oz supporters really buy into him, either. Most can tell me why they don’t like Barnette, but out of literally hundreds of comments, direct messages, and emails, I have yet to see a single one that attempts to make the case for Dr. Oz other than with two arguments. The first is the aforementioned Trump endorsement. Some have told me they don’t know much about Dr. Oz but if Trump likes him that’s enough for them. The other argument is that he’s supposedly the most electable in a purple state, a claim that I also don’t buy.
One prominent conservative who opposes Barnette is Greg Kelly from Newsmax. He ripped Barnette apart last week on his broadcasts and through social media. Here’s a snippet from a recent post on Newsmax:
Kelly, host of “Greg Kelly Reports,” showed several clips of Barnette to reinforce his suggestion the candidate was “woke” and not conservative. He added she was “unvetted by the press” because media members had been focused on GOP front-runners Dr. Mehmet Oz and David McCormick heading into Tuesday’s primary.
“She sounds like, well, woke, liberal [former New York City] Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said that his son, who happened to be Black, faced racism everywhere he went,” said Kelly, who then showed a video of Barnette speaking before a “Barnette for U.S. Congress” banner.
I reached out to Kelly for comment but he was unable to go on record. Nevertheless, the fact that we could have a civil discussion about our opposing views was still a good sign.
I’m not here to litigate on behalf of Barnette or against Dr. Oz or McCormick. I’m wondering if things will go back to normal after the primary. It’s a serious question and a real concern. When it’s just Republicans versus Democrats or conservatives vs RINOs, I don’t really care if there’s any reconciliation. It wouldn’t matter if Chuck Schumer or Mitch McConnell knocked on my door and asked what would make me stop attacking them. My answer to both would be for them to retire. Then and only then could we be friends.
With fellow conservatives who support Dr. Oz, I am legitimately concerned about the repercussions of this mini-war that has been raging for about a week. For example, insults were passed back and forth between former acting-DNI Ric Grenell and me. I’ve always liked the guy but after some fairly brutal name-calling, do we make up after Tuesday? I reached out to Grenell via Twitter. If he replies, I’ll add his response here.
Populist pundit Jack Posobiec from Human Events believes we will be able to reconcile after the primary is done. He told me the focus needs to be on the midterm elections.
“Every primary is a hard-fought contest,” he said. “I hope that in the midst of this conservatives and America First populists will remember we all are on the same side, and to treat everyone fairly and truthfully. We all have a long road ahead to November.”
That is hopefully the sentiment we will all fall back on after the primary. As Democrats have proven over the past 16 months, they are an existential threat. As much as I oppose RINO globalist Dr. Oz, I’d still rather see him in the Senate than any Democrat. That didn’t used to be the case; a RINO was once just as bad as a Democrat in my book. But today, I may not like most of what Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, or Susan Collins do with their Senate seats, but at least all of them voted against the radical abortion bill last week. With the Senate as tight as it is, all it would have taken is one of them to have allowed abortion up until birth to be codified.
When the dust settles from Tuesday’s primaries, I hope the America First movement can unify and move forward regardless of who wins in Pennsylvania. Democrats are America’s enemy from within and must be defeated in November.
Article cross-posted from JDRucker.com.
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I have lost all respect for those intentionally and repeatedly lying about Kathy. They have no integrity or honor. They have shown themselves to be just as despicable and hate filled as the worst liberal.
Conservatives get along. Conservatives and RINOs is another question and I hope they don’t. Ever.
I don’t have nearly enough information to make an informed opinion. The only information I have is a Trump endorsed candidate vs some black woman. NEXT. Moving along the other 20 things on the list that needs my attention so I can move along to the other 1,000 things that need my attention, so I can hopefully salvage a few leftover seconds at the end of the day to do what I want to do.
I got an earful on GAB..and it was for the mere suggestion that the supposed recording of Ms. Barnette supporting BLM was edited (much like CNN edited Trump to make it sound like he was saying that all immigrants were animals). One guy in particular came absolutely unglued..insisted that the story about the tape being edited was a lie. It escalated from there..ending up with him posting an expletive-ridden rant and blocking me (the guy who initially posted the thread blocked me too. I’m going..WTF???)
I am just amused that Republicans even think they can win a corrupted election in PA.
Trumps opinion is important, however, I vote for the person I like , not for the person someone else likes.
Winning with Oz isn’t winning.
I’ve made my choice.
It’s Kathy Barnette for sure.
The major problem is that “conservative” commentators like Kelly and Hannity allowed themselves to be used by the hacks pushing the RINO Oz. They have lost their credibility, although Hannity has been slipping for awhile. Another major inconsistency is that many who say they won’t support Barnett because she can’t win in November are supporting an even more unelectable Doug Mastriano for Governor of PA, all because of their robot-like obedience to Donald Trump.
A week or two ago Barnett said something that sums it up. I’ll paraphrase:
MAGA Doesn’t belong to Donald Trump, it belongs to us. And I didn’t change my politics to align with Trumps, he changed his to align with mine.
And yet you had enough time to post a completely useless pile of garbage. You are a phony and a fraud
I’m not a big fan of Barnette and don’t know anything about the other guy, but Dr. Oz is a dual citizen, (Turkey) and I never support dual citizens in congress regardless of the country with which they split their allegiance. We have too much of that already.
Trump also endorsed Mitch McConnell and Mitt Romney, but I’m sure that is also among the countless things you haven’t bothered to inform yourself about. People like you shouldn’t be alllowed to vote. You’re too lazy and you don’t take the responsibility seriously enough.
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