Kathy Barnette slams GOP rivals at closed event as Pennsylvania Senate hopes mount

Kathy Barnette slams GOP rivals at closed event as Pennsylvania Senate hopes mount

The comments came during an event in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with Barnette and Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano. Media representatives were banned from attending the event, but one attendee at the event offered CNN a recording. This wasn’t the first time either candidate had barred journalists from events – both have consistently dodged reporters in the final days of their campaigns.
In her speech on Saturday, Barnette branded her two top opponents – famed surgeon Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund manager Dave McCormick – as false conservatives.

“You have Mehmet Oz, who has never used his public platform to advance our America First agenda. He never has. And now we’re being told he’s a MAGA conservative. Never,” she said before attacking McCormick over the tie hedge fund he previously ran needs to go to China. “You can’t be in bed with China financially if you aren’t also in bed with China ideologically. … And yet they’re telling us they’re conservative. Be careful.”

McCormick on Friday described his work in China as “negotiating against” the country, adding that “nobody has the credentials and toughness to go toe-to-toe with China like I do.”

Barnette also used part of her speech to respond to the way her opponents and her Super PACs portrayed the up-and-coming candidate. A CNN fact-check of an anti-Barnette ad by American Leadership Action, a Pro-Oz super PAC, found that it “wildly distorted” the candidate’s previous statements and positions by attributing her to the Black Lives Matter -Movement and its beliefs bind systemic racism in the police force.
“The swamp isn’t just made up of Democrats. I don’t know if you know that,” Barnette said in her speech, referring to the “drain the swamp” message that became popular during former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, which backed Oz. “You can see it in what they do to me. Everything I’ve said about myself I haven’t exaggerated, I haven’t embellished. I’ve been very accommodating. I’ve been running for 13 months, but these people act like me just crawled out from under a rock yesterday.”

She added: “Look at the video they made right? I have never supported Black Lives Matter. I never said our country is systemically racist. In fact, I’ve always said the opposite, I’ve always said that my story just shows you how far we’ve come as a nation.”

Trump’s endorsement of Oz has sparked a backlash from conservative activists in Pennsylvania, some of whom are drawn to Barnette over the former president’s decision.

Trump said in a statement Thursday that Barnette was not a viable candidate for the general election.

“Kathy Barnette will never be able to win the general election against the radical left Democrats,” he said.

Rising GOP candidate Kathy Barnette has a long history of bigoted anti-gay and anti-Muslim speech
Barnette also addressed the focus on her past tweets on Saturday. A CNN report found that her tweets and previous appearances contained anti-Muslim and anti-gay statements and promoted the false conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama was a Muslim. he is a christian

“Nobody talks about my old tweets,” she said. “You have to go almost 10 years into the past to … not find a full thought or sentence and say that’s her.”

Barnette also attacked Fox host Sean Hannity, who had Oz on his show, asking him about some of her previous tweets. She told the audience that Hannity is “doing exactly what he and others have said about the left, he is sowing disinformation, to stifle our voice, to steal an election. That’s exactly what they do.”

Polls have shown that Barnette is a candidate for the Republican Senate primary. A Fox poll released this week had all three candidates – Oz, McCormick and Barnette – in a virtual tie, sparking dismay and concern among Republicans who believe Barnette could be a wild card in November.

Barnette challenged that assumption Saturday, arguing that the Republican Party often makes mistakes when picking candidates.

“I think the Republican Party has the best history. … We keep picking people who are bad at telling our story. We do,” she said. “We keep picking the same old people and we think we’re going to get a different result.”

Criticizing her, she added: “Your problem with me is that I didn’t ask for permission. I didn’t ask for permission. I just walked out the front door.”

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