According to reports, former president Donald Trump was “furious” on Wednesday morning at Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz’s defeat in the important Pennsylvania Senate race. He reportedly blamed his circle, including wife Melania, for pressuring him to back the now-defeated candidate.
According to a startling assertion made by author and writer Maggie Haberman for the New York Times, the 45th president had said his wife’s support for Oz was “not her best decision.”
“Worth remembering that Trump is a grown man who endorsed Oz over the objection of some of the people closest to him, and instead went beyond just endorsing and attacked [Republican primary candidate] Dave McCormick from the stage at a rally,” Haberman added.
Haberman’s tweet confirmed a first story from CNN host Jim Acosta, who was the network’s White House reporter during the Trump administration and famously sparred with the outgoing president several times.
“‘Trump is livid’ and ‘screaming at everyone,’ after last night’s disappointing midterm results for GOP, according to a Trump adviser,” Acosta tweeted. “The adviser went on to slam the former president’s handpicked contenders: ‘they were all bad candidates.’ ‘Candidates matter,’ the adviser said.”
Dr. Oz admitted his defeat in Pennsylvania
Early on Wednesday, Oz conceded his candidacy for governor of Pennsylvania to Lt. Governor John Fetterman, giving Democrats a significant advantage in the race for the Senate.
Doug Mastriano, a Republican running for governor of Pennsylvania, lost his race as well after Trump made a weekend campaign stop for him near Pittsburgh.
“We have tens of thousands of people here,” Trump said at the Saturday rally. “If these people vote for you, Doug, and if they vote for you, Oz, you can’t lose. We can’t lose.”
Trump-backed candidates lost a number of races on election day, including well-known governor contests in Michigan and Wisconsin. According to ABC News, the former president was “fuming” at his Mar-a-Lago resort as results came in Tuesday night and revealed that the anticipated “red wave” was actually more of a ripple.
In Wisconsin, Republican Tim Michels lost the governor’s election to incumbent Gov. Tony Evers by more than 89,000 votes, while Republican Tudor Dixon lost the campaign for governor in Michigan to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by more than 468,000 votes.