NY Times writer turns on CNN about Trump saying Dr Oz should just ‘declare victory’ in PA Senate race
Former President Donald Trump offered veteran advice to Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz in a series of Truth Social posts on Wednesday night. He told her to declare himself the winner of the state’s Republican primary.
“Dr. Oz should declare victory,” Trump wrote in a post. He then derided the waves of mail-in ballots that cost him the 2020 Pennsylvania election.
“It’s much harder for them to cheat with the ballots they ‘just found,'” Trump said.
CNN, still seeking to revive lost Trump-era ratings, asked NY Times writer Maggie Haberman to rebuke the former president. Watch:
“It’s, I think, something we’ve seen before, isn’t it?” said Haberman. “It’s something we’ve seen Donald Trump do with his own victory, and he’s now trying to replicate that. I don’t think he would do that if he was fully convinced that Oz was going to win at the end of the day when those ballots are all counted in. But what he does is cover his tracks.
“And there are bigger implications here, because Republicans are trying — trying to take over the Senate,” she added. “It will be much more difficult if Donald Trump casts doubt on Dave McCormick as he is clearly prepared to do.”
“Dave McCormick, I think, you know, took a lot of pieces from Donald Trump, so I’m not really surprised he’s not saying anything until he knows where this is going,” she said. for follow-up. “In the case of Oz, we know that Donald Trump, when he did a rally for him, said he agreed with me about 2020.”
“Dave McCormick didn’t – or, you know, Dave McCormick disagreed with me, and the implication was Oz yes,” she continued. “I’m not at all surprised to see how it’s going.”
“But, again, it’s really dangerous what Donald Trump is saying, and it shouldn’t be minimized,” Haberman added. “It’s not just him complaining about losing an election. You know, all the things that were said after November 3, 2020 – Donald Trump needs to calm down, it’s hard for him, et cetera, et cetera – all the rationalizations that ended up snowballing into something more. Now he’s ready to say that about other people’s elections, and we’re headed down another path.
According to Decision Desk HQ, the Trump-endorsed Dr. Oz is only ahead of Dave McCormick by 0.2% — a voting margin of just 2,567 votes — with about 94% of the expected votes counted.
As previously reported, the Pennsylvania primaries were turned upside down after an election “problem” caused thousands of mail-in ballots to go wrong.
“An error by a company that prints ballots for several counties in Pennsylvania rendered thousands of mail-in ballots unreadable on Tuesday as voters decided the hotly contested primaries for Governor and U.S. Senate in one of the nation’s most important battleground states,” PBS reported.
“Lancaster County officials, the…