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Dr. Oz is getting dragged on Twitter for saying his Democratic opponent John Fetterman looks like he's 'kicking authority in the balls'

Business Insider logo Business Insider 9/27/2022 insider@insider.com (Cheryl Teh)
Pennsylvania senate candidates John Fetterman (left) and Dr. Mehmet Oz have traded barbs on multiple occasions. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images; Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images © Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images; Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images Pennsylvania senate candidates John Fetterman (left) and Dr. Mehmet Oz have traded barbs on multiple occasions. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images; Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images
  • Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz is getting mocked on Twitter after his insult backfired.
  • Oz took a jab at Fetterman, saying his wearing of hoodies made him look like "the man."
  • Some Twitter users said Oz's insult was more of an unintended compliment.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, a Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, saw an insult against his Democratic political opponent John Fetterman backfire this week.

Oz had taken issue with Fetterman's fashion choices, accusing his rival of wearing a "costume" of hoodies. Fetterman is known for dressing casually, a choice even former President Donald Trump has criticized him for.

"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,'" Oz added, implying that Fetterman was attempting to send a deeper message with his choice of attire.

However, many online — particularly on Twitter — pointed out that Oz's comments could be framed in a positive light.

"Does he not understand how cool that makes his opponent sound?!" tweeted podcast host Jordan Heath-Rawlings in response to Oz's post.

"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," wrote a Twitter user with the ID @Toxic.

Another user wrote that Oz "continues to be John Fetterman's best campaigner."

A representative for Oz's campaign and representatives for Fetterman did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.

Fetterman and Oz have taken potshots at each other over various issues.

Fetterman, who recently got back on the campaign trail after suffering a stroke, has slammed Oz — a wealthy celebrity — for being out of touch with average Americans. In August, for instance, Fetterman needled Oz when the latter messed up the name of the grocery store Wegmans, calling it "Wegner's" instead. 

Fetterman has also been known for trolling Oz on social media. Earlier this month, he slammed Oz for carpetbagging and having a shaky connection to Pennsylvania. After critics repeatedly questioned Oz about whether he lived in the state, Fetterman pushed for the Republican candidate to be enshrined in the New Jersey hall of fame.

Meanwhile, Oz ridiculed Fetterman for having had a stroke, saying his rival would not have experienced it if he had "ever eaten a vegetable in his life." Fetterman responded to Oz, saying he knew "politics can be nasty" but could "never imagine ridiculing someone for their health challenges."

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