Trump news – live: Ex-president faces fierce GOP backlash after endorsing TV’s Dr Oz in Senate race

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Former president Donald Trump has endorsed Dr Mehmet Oz to represent Pennsylvania in the US Senate, angering a number of prominent Republicans.

“I have known Dr. Oz for many years, as have many others, even if only through his very successful television show,” Mr Trump said on Saturday. “He has lived with us through the screen and has always been popular, respected, and smart.”

The announcement outraged many conservatives, including the previous Trump-endorsed candidate for that seat.

“I have enormous respect for President Trump,” tweeted Sean Parnell, who dropped out of the race in November. “But I’m disappointed by this. Oz is the antithesis of everything that made Trump the best president of my lifetime—he’s the farthest thing from America First & he’d be very bad for PA.”

Meanwhile, the US State Department says Donald Trump and other White House officials left office without providing a record of the gifts they received from foreign governments.

And as investigators continue probing the 2021 Capitol riot, one prominent MAGA activist has said he will talk. Ali Alexander, the organiser of several “Stop the Steal” rallies protesting the 2020 election, will cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation of the January 6 insurrection, his lawyer says.

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A look back at Sean Parnell, the MAGA candidate Dr Oz replaced

Why is Dr Oz running for a US Senate seat with Donald Trump’s endorsement? The short answer is: Sean Parnell.

Last year, as Republicans crowded into the race to replace outgoing senator Pat Toomey, Mr Parnell gained an edge when Mr Trump gave him his much-vaunted seal of approval. But his campaign imploded in November 2021, when his estranged wife accused him of physically abusing her and their children. Here’s a look back at what happened:

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Trump demands ‘justice for the January 6th prisoners’ at rally

At his rally on Sunday night, Donald Trump once again defended participants in the 2021 assault on the US Capitol.

“And we, while we’re at it, will demand justice for the January 6th prisoners and full protection of their civil rights, like was received [sic] by antifa and Black Lives Matter,” Mr Trump told the crowd in Selma, North Carolina.

Nathan Place10 April 2022 20:30

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Conservative agony continues over Dr Oz endorsement

Conservatives across social media continue to bemoan Donald Trump’s endorsement of Dr Mehmet Oz for Senate.

“Trump’s endorsement of Dr. Oz is inexcusable,” tweeted right-wing commentator John Cardillo. “He just put his political capital behind an anti-gun pro-abortion open borders Hollywood liberal.”

“It’s like Donald Trump’s staff is sabotaging Trump by convincing him to make the worst possible endorsements,” wrote conservative radio host Erick Erickson.

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Liz Cheney says Trump knew efforts to overturn election were ‘unlawful’

US Rep Liz Cheney says it is “absolutely clear” that Donald Trump knowingly broke the law with his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

“I think it is absolutely the case, it is absolutely clear that what President Trump was doing, what a number of people around him were doing, they knew it was unlawful, they did it anyway,” Ms Cheney told CNN on Sunday.

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Nathan Place10 April 2022 19:30

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Conservative backlash grows over Trump’s Dr Oz endorsement

Some of former President Donald Trump’s loudest allies on Twitter are in open revolt after the ex-president endorsed Dr Mehmet Oz in the Pennsylvania US Senate race this weekend.

“Should we win back the Senate, our margins will be far too slim have someone as liberal as Dr Oz sitting as a Republican,” tweeted right-wing commentator John Cardillo. “Romney, Murkowski, and Collins disappoint us enough. We don’t need one more.”

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Nathan Place10 April 2022 19:00

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Trump repeats endorsement of Dr Oz at rally

Former president Donald Trump reiterated his endorsement of Dr Mehmet Oz at his rally in Selma, North Carolina on Sunday night.

“By the way, I endorsed another person today: Dr Oz in Pennsylvania!” Mr Trump told a cheering crowd. “Great guy. Good man. He’s a good man. Harvard educated. Tremendous, tremendous career.”

Dr Oz later posted a clip of the video on his own Twitter feed.

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Dr Oz promotes Trump endorsement with photo composite

Dr Mehmet Oz continued to flaunt his endorsement from Donald Trump on Sunday, celebrating it with a photoshopped image of himself standing with Mr Trump.

“President Trump knows how critical it is to change the kinds of people we send to Washington,” Dr Oz wrote in the caption. “I’m ready to fight and I am proud to receive his endorsement.”

The image of Dr Oz appears to be taken from a video pinned to the top of his Twitter feed, in which Mr Trump is not present.

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Trump declares himself ‘most honest human being’ God ever created

At his rally on Saturday night, Donald Trump declared himself the most honest person in history.

“I’ve got to be the cleanest sheriff,” Mr Trump told the giggling crowd. “I think I’m the most honest human being, perhaps, that God ever created.”

The former president spent much of the evening claiming he won the 2020 presidential election, which he lost.

Nathan Place10 April 2022 17:30

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Previous Trump-endorsed candidate ‘disappointed’ by Dr Oz endorsement

Sean Parnell has spoken out against Donald Trump’s endorsement of Dr Mehmet Oz for Pennsylvania’s open US Senate seat – the spot Mr Parnell ran for himself, with Mr Trump’s endorsement, before dropping out last November.

On Twitter, Mr Parnell made it clear he does not like his replacement.

“I have enormous respect for President Trump. I was honored to have his endorsement in PA. Twice,” Mr Parnell tweeted. “But I’m disappointed by this. Oz is the antithesis of everything that made Trump the best president of my lifetime—he’s the farthest thing from America First & he’d be very bad for PA.”

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Dr Oz thanks Trump for his endorsement

US Senate candidate Dr Mehmet Oz has thanked Donald Trump for endorsing him, embracing the former president’s “America First agenda.”

“I am honored to receive President Trump’s full support and endorsement, and I thank him for that,” Dr Oz tweeted on Saturday, just hours after the announcement. “President Trump knows how critical it is to change the kinds of people we send to Washington. I’m ready to bring an America First agenda to the Senate for Pennsylvania.”

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