- Kathy Barnette, a Pennsylvania candidate for Senate, tweeted “Pedophilia is a Cornerstone of Islam” in 2015.
- Dr. Oz, who could be the primary Muslim US senator if elected, mentioned the tweet was “reprehensible.”
- Barnette denied ever tweeting the assertion, nevertheless it was nonetheless on her Twitter as of Saturday night time.
Pennsylvania GOP Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz mentioned GOP opponent Kathy Barnette is “reprehensible” for a tweet posted in 2015 by which she mentioned Islam relies on pedophilia.
“It’s reprehensible that she would tweet out something that is defamatory to an entire religion,” Oz, who could be the primary Muslim US senator if elected, instructed The Associated Press. “This state was based on religious freedom. I’m proud as a Pennsylvanian to uphold those founding beliefs that every faith has its merits.”
Barnette, who has not too long ago been making headlines for transferring up within the polls for the Pennsylvania Senate race, tweeted a hyperlink in 2015 to a publish from the now-defunct conservative website UFP News with the headline “Pedophilia is a Cornerstone of Islam.”
“I don’t think that’s me. I would never have said that,” Barnette replied.
The tweet, nevertheless, was nonetheless up as of Saturday night.
Barnette has posted different Islamaphobic and homophobic tweets, together with one the place she condemned former President Barack Obama for supporting “all things homosexual” and “all things Muslim,” and one other one calling for a ban on Islam in America.
Barnette’s polling numbers had been bolstered after she launched an anti-abortion marketing campaign advert following studies that nationwide abortion rights could also be overturned by the Supreme Court.
In the Pennsylvania major race, she is at the moment polling at quantity two, behind Oz, and has discovered help amongst voters pissed off by former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Oz.
Barnette has been endorsed by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Pennsylvania Senator Doug Mastriano, the Club for Growth, and the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List.
Representatives for Barnette and Oz didn’t instantly reply to Insider’s requests for remark.