So-called ultra-MAGA GOP Senate candidate Kathy Barnette on Thursday hit back at Fox host Sean Hannity for unfair coverage during the recent Pennsylvania Republican primary where she placed third.
On Twitter Thursday, Barnette retweeted a video of opponent Mehmet Oz (AKA Dr. Oz) thanking Hannity, and said she’d “NEVER forget” the Fox host’s dirty tricks against her.
“Oz and I agree on this one. NEVER forget, PA, how [email protected] intentionally interfered in our election sowing lies and disinformation,” Barnette wrote.
“Almost singlehandedly, Sean Hannity sowed seeds of disinformation, flat-out lies every night for the past five days, and that was just extremely hard to overcome, apparently,” she said in a video posted to social media.
PA GOP Senate candidate Kathy Barnette is blaming Sean Hannity for her loss: “Never forget what Sean Hannity did in this race. Almost single-handedly, Sean Hannity sowed the seeds of disinformation, flat-out lies every night for the past 5 days, and that was .. hard to overcome.” pic.twitter.com/4k1gOoZnVe
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) May 18, 2022
Ahead of Tuesday’s primary, Hannity had taken to smearing Barnette – who was giving Oz a run for his money in polls – resurrecting old tweets he claimed reflected negatively on her and the party, and criticizing her for attending President Trump’s rally on January 6.
Fox News is not your friend. pic.twitter.com/CUDebQ53BV
— Eric Matheny 🎙 (@EricMMatheny) May 17, 2022
Many on the right questioned Hannity’s sudden and abrupt decision to go after Barnette, including black Pro-Trump conservative commentators Diamond and Silk, who asked, “If Dr. Oz was really leading in the Polls, why was he bashing and trashing his opponent Kathy Barnette on Hannity?”
Hannity issued a response to Barnette’s accusations on air Wednesday, denying he had a part in destroying her campaign.
Hannity says Barnette is attacking him on Twitter by putting out videos blaming him for the election. pic.twitter.com/u3UH3xPWXG
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 19, 2022
Third-place finisher Kathy Barnette is now attacking yours truly on Twitter. She’s putting out videos blaming me for her loss. Kathy, my first instinct was to put up all of your incendiary tweets again, and there’s a ton of them, but I really don’t need to defend myself.
You’re the one that really needs to answer the questions about all of your comments, and all of your tweets that are there. You can lash out at me all you want. You’re not the first person. But everything that we revealed is true. Prior to the election, we attempted to reach out to you and your campaign for comment over and over and over again. You and your team refused to get back to us to give us answers.
Now, maybe you stand by your past comments, maybe you don’t. But you refused to answer our questions. In fact, you only responded to me publicly on Twitter, and then I tweeted you back and said I would invite you on for a debate the day before election day with all the other candidates. I’m on 675 stations nationwide. You never got back to me. That, unfortunately would be on you.
Barnette shook the GOP establishment with a breakout performance earlier this month where she explained her pro-life stance, having been conceived through raped, and slammed her opponents, hedge fund billionaire David McCormick and Oz, for being members of the World Economic Forum, “a very serious organization that has a mindset of pushing globalism and ESG, environmental socialist government,” she said.
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