One of Dr. Oz’s opponents in the Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary has a history of blatant remarks toward Muslims, tweets and online content reviewed by The Post show.
Political commentator Kathy Barnett’s incendiary remarks first surfaced seven years ago when she compared Muslims to “animals”.
“We must stop interacting with them as if they are rational human beings. There is nothing rational about Islam,” Barnett, 50, tweeted in 2015. In the same year he shared an article titled “Pedophilia is the cornerstone of Islam”.
In other tweets, Barnett bragged about “confronting” Muslims and falsely claiming that former President Obama was Muslim.
“Most think ISIS is just a fundamentalist group. No, they are the real Muslims,” she said in another 2015 tweet. In 2017 she said Islam “should be banned in the United States.”
In a 2016 blog post, Barnett shared a photo of a man in traditional Muslim garb, which read, “Vote Democrat! We need your help to kill you!” The wreckage of the 9/11 terrorist attack is shown in the background.
Recent polls show that Barnett is running neck and neck with financiers David McCormick and Mehmet Oz – a cardiothoracic surgeon and television host who was elected to the Senate, winning the May 17 primary and November’s general election. Will be the first Muslim to go.
When asked to comment on Barnett’s rhetoric, Oz denounced. Her spokeswoman Brittany Yannick said, “There are a lot of questions about his views that are clearly out of touch with Pennsylvania.”
“I have many concerns with Mehmet Oz being elected to the US Senate. His religion is not one of them,” Barnett told The Post, downplaying his earlier comments.
Barnett has spent 358-to-1 on TV commercials by his well-funded rivals, and insiders say he is likely to profit from the scorched-earth campaign between Oz and McCormick.
Although Oz has been endorsed by Trump and McCormick has bought out nearly every adviser in the former president’s world, both candidates are viewed with suspicion by loyalists.
As for Oz, critics have drawn attention to past statements in favor of gun control and transgender rights. McCormick has taken heat for his deepening ties with China.
To many with both candidates, Barnett is seen as a purist.
“She has moments in the campaign trial where she has defended America’s first agenda, but without sitting there and kissing Trump,” said GOP adviser Ryan Girdusky.
Fresh off the victorious campaign of JD Vance of Ohio, Girdushki said Barnett was a good shot at winning. “If I were a bookmaker, I would bet on that,” he said.