Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz may have given Democratic rival John Fetterman yet another unintentional gift ― this time with a supposed insult that sounds more like a compliment, especially in Pennsylvania.
Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, often wears a hoodie ― something Oz seems to find unacceptable, albeit for a curious reason.
“When he dresses like that, it’s not an accident,” Oz said on the “Ruthless” podcast last week. “He’s kicking authority in the balls. He’s saying, ‘I’m the man. I’ll show those guys who’s boss.’”
The comments were shared on Twitter by PatriotTakes, which monitors right-wing media:
Dr. Oz took aim at John Fetterman’s clothing and said he was “stunned by” the “costume” and believes it contains a “deeper message.”
Oz: “When he dresses like that, he’s kicking authority in the balls.” pic.twitter.com/Mrne6ZEOGJ
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) September 26, 2022
Oz and his team have committed a series of unforced errors throughout the campaign, such as a video of Oz griping about the high price of “crudité” while botching the name of a beloved regional supermarket chain.
“In PA we call this a ... veggie tray,” Fetterman fired back on Twitter.
After Fetterman suffered a stroke earlier this year, Oz, a doctor who used to host a TV show, made a campaign issue of his health ― and one campaign aide openly mocked Fetterman for it, which likewise backfired.
Now he’s accusing Fetterman of “kicking authority in the balls,” something critics noted might be exactly what voters want... especially in hardscrabble Pennsylvania:
Does he not understand how cool that makes his opponent sound?! https://t.co/taUDD3ChRf
— Jordan Heath-Rawlings (@TheGameSheet) September 26, 2022
Oz again shows that he is not from Pennsylvania.
I mean, if you advertised an event where Philadelphians were given the opportunity to "Come kick authority in the balls." there would be a line 6 miles long before the first kick was landed. https://t.co/TB2lSlMOx9
— Toxic (@toxic) September 27, 2022
Damn, Dr. Oz is campaigning hard for Fetterman. https://t.co/p9kQsU2Pbl
— Farron Cousins (@farronbalanced) September 27, 2022
Oz saying that Fetterman kicks authority in the balls is the best Pro-Fetterman ad in the game https://t.co/kDFS7uXzKG
— American Lesion (@AmericanLesion) September 27, 2022
“He’s kicking authority in the balls” feels like a damn good tagline that Fetterman’s social media team is going to spin into gold. https://t.co/vAUN3y9j75
— MaTT FLaMMaBLe (@MaTTFLaMMaBLe) September 27, 2022
— It's James & the Awful Truth🇺🇲🌻 (@TweetFiction) September 27, 2022
😂 At this point @JohnFetterman might at well take a break and let Oz run his campaign for a while. “Kicking authority in the balls”
may well be the greatest campaign slogan ever. https://t.co/qqhiOhG7oK
— Exasperated Human (@JustVisiting805) September 27, 2022
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.