Mehmet Oz has had a 'slow but steady descent into quackery' wooing Donald Trump's voters: columnist

Mehmet Oz has had a 'slow but steady descent into quackery' wooing Donald Trump's voters: columnist
United States Senate candidate Mehmet Oz (R-Pennsylvania) (screengrab/Real America's Voice/YouTube).

Dr. Mehmet Oz is facing criticism for pivoting on scientific facts to presenting a more favorable persona that compliments his political aspirations. The Daily Beast's latest analysis breaks down how much his medical expertise and opinions have changed in an effort to appeal to Trump-aligned voters.

Quoting Oz's previous remarks, The Beast's Roger Sollenberger highlighted how Oz has "cleaved his past medical expertise from his present personality as a political candidate, he very well could have been." Back in May, Oz appeared for an interview with the far-right network Real America’s Voice where he made a statement in reference to transgender children.

“When you mix politics and medicine, you get politics,” Oz said at the time. “We cannot hurt our children by doing that again.”

However, according to Sollenberger, that appears to be what he's doing.

Dr. Oz: The Child Transgender Movement Is Based On “False Science” www.youtube.com

Speaking to The Beast, Daniel Summers —a pediatrician and writer based in Boston— detailed Oz's "slow but steady descent into quackery as his fame increased." According to Summers, Oz's desire for more publicity has only made things worse.

“Throughout his career in the public eye, Oz has shown a distressing willingness to say or do things he knows aren’t backed by medical science in service to his own fame,” Summers said.

To make matters worse, Summers projects that this is only the beginning.

“It’s only going to get worse as he tries to entice people to vote for him,” Summers continued. “Medical facts will take a backseat to whatever he thinks he’ll need to say to win. The hard-won credibility his expertise as a surgeon got him has been sold cheap for the favor of voters who’d rather be told what they want to hear than what science actually says.”

The news outlet went on to highlight Oz's complete 180 on a number of key issues. As part of the American Principles Project's “Big Family Pledge,” Oz vowed to challenge "transgender issues, protect life at 'conception,' and support 'natural death'—a departure from his yearslong advocacy of a patient’s right to die."

Oz also discussed alluded to the same declaration in an op-ed. “From the moment of conception to natural death, all life is a miracle,” Oz wrote.

Those remarks are quite different from his previous stance on where life begins and what defines abortion. “If you’re going to define life by a beating heart, then make it a beating heart, not little electrical exchanges in the cell that no one would hear or think about as a heart,” Oz said during an interview in 2019.

In the same interview, he also defended the premise of Roe v. Wade. “I went to medical school in Philadelphia, and I saw women who had coat-hanger events,” he said at the time. “And I mean really traumatic events that happened when they were younger, before Roe v. Wade. And many of them were harmed for life.”

Based on Oz's past and present remarks, the Pennsylvania candidate appears to be taking drastic steps to get to the U.S. Senate.

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