EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): A few months ago, in a post about “Two Turks We Should Love” (NBA star Enes Kanter and Dr. Oz) we had pointed out a few positive attributes of these two men. While the tremendous fight Enes Kanter is giving for human rights still continues and we support him all the way, we have many second thoughts about Dr. Oz. Initially, we were enthusiastic about his entrepreneurial spirit and his can-do American attitude. But, as it happens in all elections (and it is a wonderful characteristic of the democratic process) the whole truth comes out. It turns out that Dr. Oz is NOT a true conservative – on the opposite, he is socially liberal, very liberal: from his positions on abortion to transgenderism, he ranks very left on the spectrum. And when one considers his position against the second amendment and support of Obamacare things get even worse… President Trump took a very risky step to endorse someone who does not seem to have a true conservative profile… The result is risking splitting the conservative constituents: a great part of the base is up in arms against Dr. Oz.
For us Greek-Americans, many other things came up and pose certain questions about his ties to Turkey’s President Erdogan and his service in the Turkish military. Dr. Oz has dual citizenship. If elected he will be the first Turkish citizen to serve in the US Senate. I remind everyone that we had similar questions regarding Michael Flynn, the first National Security Adviser to President Trump. Should I also remind all of you that the election of President Carter was welcomed in Cyprus in a unique way, by the ringing bells of all the churches on the island, signaling the expectations that he would kick the Turks out of Cyprus!… I think these attitudes wreak of political immaturity. When it comes to supporting the Greek causes we should take a lesson or two from the Jewish-American community and organize an influence network in both political parties.
There is no reason at all to personalize American foreign policy, talking about “Bidenopoulos” who recently turned to “Bidenoglou”… We are better served to demand from Greek and Cypriot politicians to stop being “puppets” of foreign powers and from American politicians to stop the double standards – especially in the way they treat Greece and Turkey… More on foreign policy in the weeks and months ahead…
Conservatives react very badly to Donald Trump’s endorsement of Dr. Oz
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Former President Donald Trump is being dogpiled by supporters and facing heavy backlash over claims he was played by the establishment GOP following his endorsement of Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania for the U.S. Senate ahead of the Republican primary.
“This is all about winning elections in order to stop the Radical Left maniacs from destroying our Country,” Trump asserted in a statement. “I have known Dr. Oz for many years, as have many others, even if only through his very successful television show. He has lived with us through the screen and has always been popular, respected, and smart.”
“He even said that I was in extraordinary health, which made me like him even more (although he also said I should lose a couple of pounds!)” Trump joked.
“Dr. Oz is smart, tough, and will never let you down, therefore, he has my Complete and Total Endorsement,” the former president said in his statement.
Trump “knows how critical it is to change the kinds of people we send to Washington. I’m ready to fight,” Oz said in a statement. “I thank him for that, and I am proud to receive his endorsement.”
A number of Republican candidates were vying for Trump’s endorsement in Pennsylvania which is seen as a key battleground state and could determine control of the Senate. The former president is perceived as a kingmaker in the lead-up to the midterm elections this year and his approval carries a lot of weight in the party. Many find the endorsement of Oz to be untenable.
Dave McCormick, who is a former George W. Bush administration official and is married to Dina Powell, a former deputy national security adviser to Trump, was also in the running for his endorsement but did not get it even though he leads Oz, according to recent polls. According to Axios, McCormick met twice with Trump at Mar-a-Lago seeking his endorsement.
Other big-name conservatives expressed dismay at Oz getting the endorsement.
Author Allie Beth Stuckey was blunt in her astonishment, “Wait. Is there anything conservative about Dr. Oz?”
Former NYPD police officer John Cardillo tore into the announcement, “Trump’s endorsement of Dr. Oz is inexcusable. He just put his political capital behind an anti-gun pro-abortion open borders Hollywood liberal. Oz will be another Mitt Romney in the Senate.”
Similarly, Ryan Fournier, who is the founder of Students for Trump, expressed support for the former president, but not for Oz: “Dr. Oz will never have my support. Ever. I support Trump wholeheartedly – but I disagree with this endorsement and that’s okay. I know MANY others feel the same way.”
Republicans made their case why Oz is not a conservative with receipts to back it up: