Donald Trump blames Melania for advising him to support Dr Oz: reports
Melania Trump may miss out on a peaceful Wednesday at Mar-a-Lago as her husband, Donald Trump, is said to be ‘furious’ the morning after Tuesday’s election, especially because she allegedly advised him to support a Dr Mehmet Oz losing in the race for US Senate in Pennsylvania.
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted that the former president is “indeed furious this morning,” about his anticipated “giant red wave” failing to materialize in the midterm elections, with some of the candidates he backed faring poorly.
One of those failing candidates was Oz, the TV doctor who conceded defeat to Democrat John Fetterman early Wednesday. Haberman, citing people close to Trump, tweeted that he was particularly furious with Oz, “and blames everyone who advised him to support Oz – including his wife, describing it as not his best decision.”
Trump is indeed furious this morning, particularly about Mehmet Oz, and blames everyone who advised him to support Oz – including his wife, describing it as not his best decision, according to people close to him .
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 9, 2022
Trump’s endorsement would have been crucial to Oz securing a victory in May’s Pennsylvania GOP primary over hedge fund manager David McCormick. Trump’s justification for supporting the famous heart surgeon is that he believed he would appeal to suburban women who liked him on television, politically journalist David Weigel said.
The former president stopped by Pennsylvania on Saturday to campaign for Oz. However, Oz had largely kept Trump at bay in the general election, particularly in recent weeks as he tried to position himself as a more centrist Republican, in contrast to Trump’s “right-wing grievance politics.” said the New York Times.
Oz defeat seen as ‘a blow’ to Trump’s influence at the polls Time magazine tweeted, especially as the former president teases the possibility of running for the White House in 2024.
Axios writer Jonathan Swan added that it is “hard to think of a worse Senate endorsement in recent memory than Dr. Oz”. Swan also said Trump was “unhappy” and “considers Oz disloyal. Privately trashed ‘MEHMET Oz.’
If Trump is inclined to blame Melania for endorsing Oz, it’s because the former first lady was a huge fan, according to reports. Ahead of the May primary, a senior Republican told NBC News, “The first lady let the president know that she loved Dr. Oz. And it matters.
This source, who would have been familiar with the conversations taking place in Trump’s orbit at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, told NBC: “But it’s not just about what Melania wants. There are a lot of Melanias there. There are a lot of women, in whose living room and bedroom Dr. Oz has been for a decade. They have a very personal relationship with Dr. Oz.
While it may be true that Melania Trump encouraged her husband to support Oz, Haberman also said the former president was responsible for his own decisions.
Oz’s opponent in the Republican primary, McCormick, whose wife, Dina Powell, served as the former president’s deputy national security adviser, has enjoyed the support of a number of influential Trump advisers. Trump’s 2016 campaign manager Kellyanne Conway was also part of McCormick’s super PAC, and former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was just elected governor of Arkansas, supported McCormick.
“It should be remembered that Trump is a grown man who endorsed Oz over the objection of some of those closest to him,” Haberman tweeted.