Fetterman (D), who initially downplayed the severity of the stroke ahead of the May primary and was slowly working his way up the campaign trail, said earlier this month that he was “grateful” to be alive. On Wednesday, he said the comment by his Republican opponent, who hosted a reality show providing medical advice, pushed the race to a new rhetorical low.
“I had a stroke. I know politics can be bad, but until then, I can never imagine making fun of someone for their health challenges,” Fetterman said in a statement.
In addition to that statement, the Fetterman campaign was also launched on Wednesday e-mail Of the more than 100 doctors in the state criticizing Oz for what they said was his history of “promoting unproven, ill-advised and sometimes dangerous treatments”.
The doctors wrote in the letter: “As a famous doctor on television, Mehmet Oz showed a shameful disregard for medical science and the welfare of his audience.”
Oz promoted questionable weight loss treatments, and in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic suggested chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as treatments for coronavirus.
In a report released Wednesday, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis said White House officials and outside allies like Oz also lobbied federal officials in 2020 to allow hydroxychloroquine to be used as a treatment for the coronavirus.
The latest clash between Fetterman and Oz comes as Democrats seek to cling to their meager control of the Senate in the midterm elections, which have historically seen losses for the party that controls the White House. Oz narrowly won the Republican nomination thanks to his personal wealth and the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.
The candidates traded barbs in public statements and across social media. Fetterman’s team sought to portray Oz as rich Bagger carpets from New Jersey. Team Oz portrays Fetterman as a city soft on crime and a haven that supports socialism.
Racing memes, at times, unintentionally produced hilarious moments, and helped reinforce the realization that the momentum was with Fetterman. In April, Oz released a video in which, in an attempt to discuss inflation, he bought vegetables at a supermarket. “That’s $20 a Kurdish!” Oz said in the video.
The video later went viral after viewers noticed Oz said he was shopping at “Wegner’s,” which didn’t exist but looked like a mix of Redner’s and Wegman’s supermarkets, and that most people label what he was assembling, simply put, as a vegetable tray.
The Oz campaign, in its criticism of Fetterman’s eating habits on Tuesday, has kept the issue alive for more than a week. Meanwhile, Fetterman took advantage of it, saying his campaign raised half a million dollars from the video, including $65,000 from a poster with the words: “Wegners: Let Them Eat Crudite.”
Fetterman also mocked Oz after The Daily Beast revealed that he owns 10 properties, instead of the two he has publicly acknowledged.
Oz has defended himself by saying he bought his homes with his own money – criticizing Fettermann, who relied on significant financial help from his family until he became vice governor in 2019.
The two are vying for the seat of Senator Patrick J.
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