Fetterman hits back at Oz for ‘vegetable’ remark: ‘Politics can be nasty’ | Pennsylvania

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Democratic nominee for the US Senate in Pennsylvania, John Fetterman, has fired back at Mehmet Oz after a senior Republican aide said Fetterman could have prevented a major stroke in May if he had only eaten more vegetables.

“I had a stroke. I survived,” Fetterman said. “I know politics can be mean, but even then I could never imagine making fun of someone for their health problems.”

The Democrat, currently the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, responded Tuesday to a statement to Insider from Rachel Tripp, Oz’s senior communications adviser.

Reply to Fettermans mockery of a video in which Oz complained about the price of raw vegetables, Tripp said: “If John Fetterman had ever eaten a vegetable in his life, he might not have had a massive stroke and wouldn’t be in a position to lie about it constantly. .”

Fetterman, 53, suffered a serious stroke in May. He returned to the campaign trail this month and discussed the challenges of doing so.

Oz, 62, is a former heart surgeon who became a popular, if controversial, voice on daytime TV. For example, in a Senate testimony in 2014, he admitted to promoting diet pills that didn’t work.

Pennsylvania is a swing state, the Senate race is seen as the key to determining control of the chamber. But fivethirtyeight.com puts Fetterman more than 10 points ahead and it is widely reported that Senate Republican leaders are shifting spending elsewhere.

Donald Trump supported Oz, but according to Rolling Stone, he now thinks his candidate will “damn lose” — a comment Trump denied.

On Wednesday, Fetterman also released a letter signed by more than 100 Pennsylvania physicians expressing “grave concern” about Oz’s candidacy.

The doctors said: “As doctors, we strongly believe in evidence-based medicine and sharing honest health information with the public.

As a former daytime TV host, Dr Oz tapped into the hopes and fears of his viewers by promoting unproven, ill-advised and sometimes potentially dangerous treatments. He has made it clear that he will put self-enrichment above all else, even in cases where people’s health is at risk.”

“Dr Oz’s record of spreading misinformation and sharing factually incorrect medical advice on The Dr Oz Show and otherwise has been thoroughly researched and well documented.”

The letter cited research from the British Medical Journal and accused Oz of spreading misinformation about Covid-19.

It also raised the issue of abortion rights, which have been under threat since the US Supreme Court overturned a major ruling, but a threat successfully seized by Democrats in campaigns across the country.

The doctors said, “Dr Oz would be… a new voice to criminalize abortion and he has refused to condemn attempts to outlaw abortion in Pennsylvania, which endanger the lives of women and those of childbearing potential. He has even said that he is against abortion in cases of rape or incest.”

The letter concluded with a statement of support to Fetterman.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Oz said: “As a doctor I have saved the lives of thousands of patients. As your senator, I intend to bring to Washington the power of change that Pennsylvania so desperately needs.”


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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