Trump, GOP rivals target Barnette as she threatens to upend Pa. race
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Former president Donald Trump and other Republicans are ramping up their attacks on Kathy Barnette, a political novice who has raised a fraction of the money of her well-heeled Pennsylvania primary rivals — hedge fund magnate David McCormick and television doctor Mehmet Oz — yet is surging in the race for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate.© Matt Rourke/APTrump, GOP rivals target Barnette as she threatens to upend Pa. racePrivate School In Sacramento – Private SchoolsAdAdwww.brookfieldschool.org
Trump, who has endorsed Oz, issued a statement Thursday insisting Barnette “will never be able to win the General Election against the Radical Left Democrats.” Oz called her a “mystery person” and a super PAC supporting him is running an ad titled “Crazy Kathy.” McCormick pointed to her double-digit loss in a bid for Congress in 2020 as one of the reasons the GOP can’t take a risk with her on the Senate seat.
But many voters are taking a hard look at this upstart. Barnette, 50, is a political commentator, author and home-schooling mother who has criticized public education and undocumented immigrants. In a campaign video and multiple interviews on conservative media, Barnette has said that she was born in southern Alabama to a 12-year-old mother who was raped. She was raised in poverty and eventually joined the Army National Guard before launching an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2020.
Barnette, a fierce opponent of abortion, gun control and universal health care, has spent much of her campaign attacking some of the Democratic Party’s most influential leaders. And in her book titled, “Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: Being Black and Conservative in America,” Barnette argues that liberal policies have failed Black Americans — a point she has mentioned on the campaign trail.