The Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary battle is heating up.
Trump has controversially endorsed Mehmet Oz, who many see as too progressive, not an American, and weak on guns.
Candidate Kathy Barnette is surging and Trump senses it. He sees her as a big enough threat to issue a warning about her.
She can’t win the general election, according to Trump and reported by Breitbart.
Trump stated, “Kathy Barnette will never be able to win the General Election against the Radical Left Democrats.”
The story of Barnette is one of overcoming challenges, which she is doing now:
Barnette’s spike in support occurred after the most recent Senate debate, in which she revealed in a compelling story that she was a product of rape and that her mother had her at the age of 12.
Barnette’s last-minute success came unexpectedly, as she had previously been polling in the single digits, and federal records showed she had not come near McCormick and Oz in terms of fundraising and spending. Both McCormick and Oz have spent about $14 million compared to Barnette’s $1.6 million, per Open Secrets.
However, there are still questions surrounding Barnette, and could be a reason Trump is skeprical:
Questions and concerns have since arisen over Barnette’s military background, past comments she has made online, and her overall ability to compete with Fetterman, a popular and well-funded figure among Pennsylvania Democrats.
Trump acknowledged these concerns, saying Barnette “has many things in her past which have not been properly explained or vetted, but if she is able to do so, she will have a wonderful future in the Republican Party—and I will be behind her all the way.”
Oz is still in the lead with 22.5% of the vote, but a recent poll shows Barnette surging.
Barnette is a threat at 20.9 percent and Trump is sounding the alarm.