Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday mentioned Mehmet Oz ought to declare victory over opponent Dave McCormick within the too-close-to-call Pennsylvania GOP battle for Senate nomination — reprising his conspiratorial playbook from the 2020 presidential election that led to the lethal Jan. 6 rebel on the Capitol.
“Dr. Oz ought to declare victory. It makes it a lot tougher for them to cheat with the ballots that they ‘simply occurred to search out,’” Trump mentioned on Fact Social, the social media platform that he helped discovered.
Oz, who Trump endorsed final month, and McCormick stay locked in a decent contest in Pennsylvania, with solely a handful of votes separating the 2 as of Wednesday morning in one of many highest-profile races of 2022. 1000’s of votes and mail-in ballots have but to be counted — and the closeness of the race indicators a possible recount — making Trump’s Wednesday morning declaration untimely.
Trump’s name for Oz to declare victory is an echo of his personal effort to steal a victory in Pennsylvania within the 2020 common election from President Joe Biden. Trump, forward within the vote rely on election night time in Pennsylvania and different states earlier than mail-in ballots had been counted, preemptively declared himself the winner of the presidential election. The then-president went on to lose Pennsylvania, and the election, as extra votes have been counted over the following days.
However Trump has by no means conceded that defeat, as a substitute promulgating baseless theories that the election was stolen from him in Pennsylvania and a handful of different key swing states. That bundle of conspiracy theories, typically referred to by opponents because the “Huge Lie,” prompted Trump supporters to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in an effort to dam congressional certification of Biden’s Electoral School victory and stays widespread within the Republican Get together.