Dr. Mehmet Oz, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, has launched a marketing campaign advert blasting Dr. Anthony Fauci, difficult him to a debate on COVID-19.
Oz, greatest identified for internet hosting his now-cancelled Dr. Oz daytime discuss present, first introduced the controversy problem as a part of a teaser for an interview on conservative community Newsmax simply earlier than his marketing campaign advert was launched to social media on Thursday.
The problem got here solely two days after Fauci, a medical adviser to each U.S. president since former President Ronald Reagan and the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), accused Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) of attacking him for “political achieve.”
Oz’s advert begins with a graphic that claims “liberals love Fauci” showing on display as celebrities together with Jeff Goldblum, former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and The View co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostin are proven mentioning Fauci. Oz then seems whereas standing in entrance of a backdrop selling his marketing campaign.
“Dr. Fauci, as a substitute of letting the sycophantic media fawn throughout you, let’s discuss details: You acquired COVID flawed,” Oz says within the advert earlier than a number of extra information clips important of Fauci play. “Dr. Fauci, let’s get the details straight right here.”
“You and me, let’s have a debate—physician to physician—and provides the American folks the reality about COVID-19,” he continues. “I’m recreation, anytime, wherever. Dr. Fauci, are you in?”
During his interview on Newsmax, Oz advised host Eric Bolling that he wished to debate Fauci about vaccine mandates, “ignoring naturally acquired immunity” and “inexcusable delays with therapeutics.” He additionally referred to as Fauci a “petty tyrant” and “the J. Edgar Hoover public well being.”
Oz’s personal medical recommendation has been closely criticized up to now. Critics have accused Oz of utilizing his daytime television fame to advertise debunked, or at greatest extremely questionable, “cures” and coverings like colloidal silver, inexperienced espresso extracts, umckaloabo root extract and raspberry ketones.
The Republican candidate additionally touted the supposed COVID-fighting skills of hydroxychloroquine, a drug that analysis later confirmed just isn’t efficient as a therapy for the virus, as “the largest game-changer within the historical past of medication.”
Oz just isn’t the one doctor operating for the Senate seat. Democratic candidate Dr. Val Arkoosh, who calls herself as a “no-BS doctor,” has additionally criticized Oz for allegedly selling misinformation.
Last month, Arkoosh advised The New York Times that she doesn’t perceive “how he nonetheless has a license, with among the stuff that comes out his mouth.”
Fauci accused Oz’s potential future Republican Senate colleague Paul of utilizing his identify to evoke conservative furor as a fundraising tactic throughout a listening to on Tuesday.
“You personally assault me, and with completely not a shred of proof of something you say,” Fauci advised Paul on the Senate Health Committee listening to. “So, I wish to make one thing clear to the committee, he is doing this for political causes.”
“Go to [the] Rand Paul web site and also you see ‘hearth Dr. Fauci’ with slightly field that claims, ‘contribute right here,'” he added. “You can do $5, $10, $20, $100. So, you make a catastrophic epidemic in your political achieve.”
Not lengthy after the listening to, Paul’s marketing campaign despatched out a brand new fundraising e mail titled “Fauci is hysterical,” which requested supporters to “Chip in for those who agree!”
Newsweek reached out to Fauci and NIAID for remark.