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‘I don’t think that was me’: PA Senate candidate Kathy Barnette denies anti-Islam tweets

Pennsylvania Senate candidate Kathy Barnette denied claiming pedophilia was the “cornerstone of Islam” on Thursday, despite the tweets still being posted on her personal Twitter account.

Barnette has a large number of anti-Islam tweets from 2015-2017, many of which claim that former President Barack Obama is ‘Muslim’ and at least one of which calls for the religion to be banned in the US.

In an interview with NBC, Barnette was roundly asked about a 2015 tweet on her account that reads, “Pedophilia is the cornerstone of Islam.”

‘Yeah, no, I don’t think it’s me. I would never have said that. Okay, I would never have said that, because I don’t think so,” Barnette said.

Barnette will face Dr. Mehmet Oz and hedge fund executive David McCormick in a primary on Tuesday.

‘Moderate Muslim = Radical Muslim!’ Barnette wrote on Twitter in 2014.

“Just confronted a Muslim today,” he announced in 2016 on Twitter.

In a 2015 tweet, Barnette wrote of Muslims: “They are animals and we need to stop interacting with them as if they were rational human beings.” There is nothing rational in Islam.’

The GOP’s front-runner for the Senate, Dr. Mehmet Oz, whom Barnette will have to outdo on Tuesday if he wants to win the nomination, is a Muslim from Turkey. So far, Barnette has not mentioned his religion and Oz has not publicly condemned his tweets.

‘Islam is a theocracy, it should be banned in the US,’ read another tweet. ‘That is why we cannot be sympathetic and shout ‘Religious freedom for all’. Islam is NOT like another religion!’ read other

Last Thursday, Barnette said “the knives are coming out” against him as he soared in the polls after former President Trump called his past into question.

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“Kathy Barnette can never win the general election against radical left Democrats,” Trump said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

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As Barnette’s popularity soared just behind Trump-backed Dr. Mehmet Oz and ahead of hedge fund executive David McCormick according to some polls, members of the media began to ask “Who is Kathy Barnette?” as a Washington Examiner article published on Thursday was titled.

Trump, who is not to lose, launched an attack on Barnette.

“Kathy Barnette can never win the general election against radical left Democrats,” Trump said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

“She has a lot in her past that hasn’t been properly explained or investigated, but if she’s able to do that, she’ll have a wonderful future in the GOP, and I’ll support her all the way.”

All but one of Trump’s endorsements have won their primaries so far: Nebraska Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster lost after facing groping allegations from eight women.

During Trump’s rally in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, on Friday, he bragged about his winning streak in midterms.

“Every candidate I endorsed won their primaries on Tuesday,” Trump said last Friday, referring to the Ohio and Indiana primaries. ‘We have a total record of 55 and 0.’

But Barnette downplayed the attack during a campaign stop in Bucks County, saying he actually took Trump’s statement as a compliment.

“We know that President Trump pulled no punches,” he told reporters Thursday, according to the Philadelphia investigator. I think that letter was favorable. And I look forward to working with the president.’

Ordinarily, the far-right Barnette would be a dream candidate for Donald Trump: She fought hard against the results of the 2020 election (in which she also lost to Rep. Madeline Dean in a very blue Philly district). The conservative commentator says she organized a bus to Washington, DC for the ‘Save America’ rally that preceded the riots on Capitol Hill on January 6.

But as the media began to dig into her past, Barnette steeled herself against any investigation for proof that she is who she says she is.

That changed after Trump’s statement. Barnette did a revealing 25-minute interview with conservative radio host Chris Stegall, in which she claimed that it had been an “open book” but that the media had not done its due diligence.

Trump met by Dr. Mehmet Oz in Greensburg last Friday

Trump met by Dr. Mehmet Oz in Greensburg last Friday

“I’ve been running this race for 13 months and all of a sudden everyone is like ‘who is she?

I’ve been knocking on the doors of the mainstream media saying “look at me, talk to me.” Nobody wanted to talk about me. They just wanted to talk about the two rich guys beating each other up,” Barnette complained.

Asher opponents have gone to war with each other, Barnette has used her compelling personal story to connect with voters on the ground: She often recounts how she grew up on a pig farm in Alabama, before becoming a veteran and then working at two companies. financial. business and as an adjunct professor of corporate finance, and author of the book ‘Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: Being Black and Conservative in America.’

While the Washington Examiner claimed that Barnette showed up to answer simple questions, such as the name of the university where he taught and what financial firms he worked for, the Washington Free Beacon claimed that his campaign manager abruptly ended a conversation in which they asked about she. DD214, a standard document issued to service members once they leave the military.

Sean Parnell, who previously secured Trump’s endorsement for the Republican Senate race but dropped out due to allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife, questioned why Barnette had not provided any public records of his DD214.

I see a lot of blue checks and other fawning [Barnette] but the fact is, aside from what she’s told you, you really don’t know much. How long did she serve? Have you seen DD214 of hers? What was her discharge status? Where did you graduate from college? Parnell wrote in Twitter On Wednesday.

Barnette said he had a DD214 but “nobody walks around with their military records in their back pocket.” He said he spent 10 years in the service, including four in the National Guard and three in the Army Reserves, from 1990 to 2000.

He said he taught at Judson University in Illinois, the two financial firms he worked for were AG Edwards and Sons and Bank of America Capital Asset Management, and he graduated from Troy University.

“This shows that the swamp is not just occupied by Democrats,” he said, referring to the line of questioning from Republicans and right-wing media outlets.

In the final days before Tuesday’s primary election, Barnette curiously soared in popularity, overtaking McCormick and threatening Oz’s favorite status in some polls.

She made national headlines when she attacked Oz on abortion during a debate earlier this month, revealing that she was the product of rape when her mother was just 11 and her father 21.

Arguing for an outright ban on abortions, Barnette said the story of how she was born showed her the “sanctity of life…regardless of conception.”

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Apparently caught off guard by the 50-year-old black woman from Philadelphia’s rise in popularity, Trump did not attack Barnette at his Oz rally last week, although he did characterize McCormick as soft on China and a ‘RHINO.’

Barnette’s spending is mere pocket change compared to that of Oz and McCormick: The pair have spent $12.4 million and $11.4 million on TV commercials, respectively, mostly attacking each other, Barnette has spent $137,000 in television, according to politician.

Trump’s attacks come a day after Fox News host Sean Hannity said comments he had made in the past were troubling.

‘But the problem is,’ he explained, ‘we are now looking at which is a Republican Senate seat that should be held if Republicans are ever to win a majority in the United States Senate.’

Barnette has posted a Photo of herself in uniform and claimed to have spent 10 years in the military, but has sometimes used the wrong terminology. She has said at times that she spent 10 years in the US Army Reserves, but she website he claims he was in the ‘Armed Forces Reserves’, a branch of service that does not appear to exist.

In his podcast this week, Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, called Barnette ‘pure MAGA; in fact, Kathy Barnette may be ultra-MAGA’.

‘Amazing poll that came out last night. … Oz and McCormick combined, I think, have spent $24 million, combined. 24 million dollars! … And it’s basically in a tie,” Bannon said on his “War Room” podcast on Monday.

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