Fox News host Sean Hannity went after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for undercutting weak GOP Senate candidates together with his sly dig this week about “quality.”
In light of flagging GOP poll numbers, McConnell appeared to downgrade his earlier hopes that Republicans would retake the Senate within the midterms since the candidates were lower than top notch. Unlike the House, “Senate races are only different — they’re statewide. Candidate quality has rather a lot to do with the consequence,” McConnell told reporters Thursday.
Plenty of those in trouble are those pushed by McConnell foe Donald Trump.
Hannity accused the senator of abandoning his own party’s candidates.
“Democrats are painting Republican Senate candidates in upcoming elections and midterms as cruel and out of touch,” Hannity said Friday. “Apparently Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is content to depart them out to dry and fend for themselves.”
Hannity believes the one candidates short on quality are Democrats, like Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who’s running for the Senate against Trump pick, former TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz. Hannity bashed Fetterman’s “devout socialist-style.”
How about “you get on the market, Mitch, and fight in your team?” asked Hannity. “What’s your agenda, Mitch, or would you fairly just sit by and watch helplessly as Democrats mislead your face, pass one other $500 billion green energy boondoggle next yr?”
Or is it “perhaps Mitch McConnell hates Donald Trump a lot that he would probably fairly see Trump-endorsed candidates loose because he might think that may hurt Donald Trump? His time as a pacesetter has come to an end,” Hannity added.
McConnell, who has yet to answer to Hannity, didn’t single out any candidate as lacking quality when he spoke to reporters. But his dig reflected frustrations within the GOP about controversial Republican Senate candidates with little or no political experience who’re stumbling within the polls. Those include most notably Oz, creator, investment banker and Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance, and former football star Herschel Walker, who’s running for the Senate in Georgia.
In Oz’s latest mocked blunder, he moaned in a video, originally made in April, concerning the high cost of “crudité” in a city that prefers Philly cheesesteaks. He also referred to the well-known Pennsylvania food market Redner’s, where he was purchasing for raw vegetables, as “Wegner’s.”
Oz’s Democratic rival, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, quickly trolled Oz that Pennsylvania voters know “crudité” as something far less highbrow: a veggie platter. Smart-aleck Philadelphians and Stephen Colbert quickly piled on.
Sources told Rolling Stone that even Trump is growing frustrated with Oz, who he has championed.
He’s going to “f**king lose” unless something drastically changes, Trump has complained about his pick, sources told the publication.
Trump for now, nevertheless, is staying the course. He announced Friday that he’ll travel to Pennsylvania for a Sept. 3 rally in support of Oz.
Watch Hannity’s entire monologue here.