Donald Trump on PA election: Former president weighs in on Oz, McCormick, Mastriano and election fraud

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Former President Donald Trump is watching the Pennsylvania primary very carefully — perhaps with an eye to the future. Trump hasn't announced if he's going to run in 2024, but signs point that way. Tuesday's election could impact his decision.

Either way, Trump has strong opinions on who he wants to win.

"Pat Toomey is bad news," Trump said this morning during an interview on Philadelphia's Morning Answer with Chris Stigall of the retiring Pennsylvania senator, a Republican. "Pat Toomey, so lucky to get rid of him. When we put up the tariffs, this guy did nothing but fight me on tariffs to China. I said 'Hey Pat, if China charges us a $100 tariff on lets say a car or any product, and we have the same product and we don't charge them. Why do you like that?' He said 'because that's free trade.' I said, 'Really, why can't we charge them $100?' 'Because that wouldn't be free trade.' I said, 'Are you serious?'

President Donald Trump delivers a speech at Headquarters Farm in Upper Makefield on Saturday. He told supporters, "This is the state that will save the American dream."
President Donald Trump delivers a speech at Headquarters Farm in Upper Makefield on Saturday. He told supporters, "This is the state that will save the American dream."

"He was one of the worst people. And he didn't run because I wouldn't endorse him. I said no way I'm endorsing that guy. He was one of the worst guys. He was one of the best people for China. And you'll have that in Dave McCormick."

Trump did back Republican Senate hopeful Mehmet Oz, and believes his successful television show should make him attractive to voters. He said he hopes Oz fares well at the polls.

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"I think he's tough, he's very smart, he'll be helpful and I think he's going to win the election," Trump said. "You know that's not an easy election to win, and Toomey screwed it up royally, he couldn't be elected dogcatcher.

"He has a certain sharpness. Oz has been on for 18 years, he's been in the bedrooms of people he wants to represent. And they've liked him. He's had a really successful show for 18 years. That means they like him. That means if he had scandals or anything, it comes up real fast. You can't do it, it doesn't work."

The winner of the GOP primaries on Tuesday will go on to face the Democrats on the ballot in November's General Election. Attorney General Josh Shapiro is running unopposed for governor and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is the frontrunner in the Democratic primary for that party's nomination in the Senate race.

Trump is backing state Sen. Doug Mastriano for governor, and was adamant former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain wasn't the man for the job.

"Mastraino has been very loyal. He wants to stop crime and he has a big base," Trump said. "Bill McSwain was a U.S. Attorney and we went to him with massive proof and he was all excited and the next day we called and he was unavailable. And then they called and called and called and they could never get him back on the phone.

"I don't want to use the word coward, but perhaps he was a coward."

While he believes those he backs will win, he said he's concerned about the fairness of the election, especially in Pennsylvania. He strongly disputes he lost the state in 2020.

"It's a very powerful place in terms of the election. We won it in 2016 I did much better, much better and I think you understand that, in 2020 where we won it by much more. And the election was just absolutely rigged and stolen. We were up by so much it was impossible. And what they did was a disgrace to our country."

"I think it's a very corrupt election process that takes place in Pennsylvania and a lot of people do. I had a pollster that said 'you're going to win Pennsylvania, I just can't tell by how much they're going to cheat this year.' One of the most dishonest, they cheat like crazy."

This article originally appeared on Bucks County Courier Times: Donald Trump on Pennsylvania election fraud, backing Oz, Mastriano