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As a television host, Dr. Oz spent most of his time saying scripted words that had been written for him. Running for office, however, means that Oz must come up with the perfect thing to say by himself and in an instant.
An example of this happened Monday night, as Oz made his closing message to Pennsylvania voters ahead of the Tuesday primary. He told voters to think about him in bed with them.
"When you go to bed at night, put your head on that soft pillow, you’ll know Oz will be doing exactly what you want him to do if you were there next to him," he said.
It prompted swift ridicule as the doc fumbled his awkward pitch and jokes involving sexual harassment claims and MyPillow followed.
This isn't the first time Oz has struggled articulating what he means when he speaks or posts on social media. "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver showed one video Oz posted on TikToc where he bragged about "surfing" in Italy to the song "My Life Be Like (Ooh Ahh)," by Grits featuring TobyMac.
Another video from Oz, Oliver pointed out, was the doctor telling his Rust-Belt voters his wife wanted to make crudité for dinner and sent him to the store. Oz said he was at the grocery store Wegner's, which doesn't exist. The large sign behind him said Redner's. Oz then complained about the high price of vegetables he had to buy for the crudité, but he actually grabbed store-made guacamole and store-made salsa.
According to Oz, it's reckless spending that is leading to high prices of food. He didn't explain how the two are connected, however.
Many Republican candidates are making videos of themselves pumping expensive gas and complaining about the gas prices. Oz did the same thing, at one of the more expensive gas stations, using mid-grade gas to pump inside of a gas-guzzling SUV.
"Oh! That's almost $5! That's crazy," Oz explains, looking at the pump. It actually shows $4.75 for the mid-grade at a Shell station, a company that is generally more expensive for "pure" gas.
See the Dr. Oz video below or at this link.
Oz: When you go to bed at night, put your head on that soft pillow, you\u2019ll know Oz will be doing exactly what you want him to do if you were there next to himpic.twitter.com/M1lkJgqzmU— Acyn (@Acyn) 1652751404
NBC News reported Monday evening that chat logs show the gunman who killed ten people in Buffalo, New York this weekend at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood, pondered his other shooting location options.
Payton S. Gendron posted a 180-plus page manifesto in which he promoted the conspiracy theory that white people are being replaced as part of a plot by Democrats. Law enforcement revealed chat logs on Discord in which Gendron planned his various options for a mass shooting.
Hundreds of pages of chats are no longer available online or other forums, but it was observed that he documented his planning beginning in Dec. 2021. The chats ended last week when he posted selfies that match the mugshot of Gendron.
The first details he provided examined the percentage of Black people in the area. He identified Rochester, New York as a possible location but ultimately decided on Buffalo.
By Feb. 2022 he cited several churches as possible attack locations, the report explained. He then speculated about attacking an elementary school, but the security there was likely a deterrent. The grocery store he went after did have security, but the body armor he was wearing prevented shots from security from stopping him.
"On May 1, less than two weeks before the attack, the user claims in one post he might 'also' attack the elementary school, but is unclear how he would get in and out of the building," the report explained. "He claimed he had driven by the school during a prior stakeout of Tops."
Police told CNN on Saturday that he went to the store in the days leading up to the shooting. He'd done another tour of the store in March as part of his preparation.
The manifesto also promoted false theories used throughout the centuries to justify attacks on people of color, such as brain size and other factors.
Last Wednesday, he wrote that he would do the grocery store so that it would terrify people of all generations in the future.
The chat logs also show private posts of his weapons and other content.
"The author of the manifesto said that he was specifically radicalized on the 4chan forum, which is a largely unmoderated space that is frequently filled with racist and extremist rhetoric," the NBC report closed. "But Jared Holt, a resident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, said that oftentimes online extremists will use other platforms to spread their ideology."
He explained that while they might cite one site or another, they typically have multiple accounts on several sites to use in an effort to spread their ideology.
Carlson's 'views are identical to a mentally ill teen who murdered strangers': Critics respond to Tucker's post-Buffalo rant
This weekend, the gunman of the Buffalo shooting was revealed to be a supporter of a Tucker Carlson conspiracy theory the Fox News host has been promoting for the last year.
Carlson has dedicated several segments of his show on the so-called "white replacement" or "great replacement" theory. Loosely, the theory goes that Democrats are intentionally trying to bring immigrants into the U.S. to win elections.
Monday night, responding to criticism following the Buffalo mass shooting, Carlson told his audience that they were the ones that were under attack. Carlson said "you cannot be allowed to express your political views out loud. That’s what they’re telling you."
Carlson went on to falsely claim that "hate speech" is just speech that other people hate.
Tucker Carlson makes himself the victim amid Buffalo shooting: "What is hate speech? Well, it's speech that our leaders hate. So because a mentally ill teenager murdered strangers, you cannot be allowed to express your political views out loud. That's what they're telling you."— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1652747263
After seeing clips of the show, political experts and news nerds flocked to social media to critique Carlson.
Actually, I think what they're telling you is that if your political views are virtually identical to the manifesto a mentally ill teenager who murdered strangers, then *maybe* you should think hard about your political views.https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1526354040044457985\u00a0\u2026— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse) 1652749521
You can see the responses to Carlson's Monday show below:
I\u2019d love to see the internal memos at Fox News today to refer to a racist mass shooter only as a \u2018mentally ill teenager\u2019 because you know it exists and butthurt Tucker opened with it. @TuckerCarlson— NoelCaslerComedy (@NoelCaslerComedy) 1652748868
Also the product of a diseased mind: @TuckerCarlson\u2019s show.pic.twitter.com/MTqmC1tPtw— The Lincoln Project (@The Lincoln Project) 1652752472
Daily reminder that Tucker Carlson will not back down from spreading dangerous conspiracy theories that lead to mass shootings against non-whites because that violence isn't an accident, it's the *goal.*— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1652747497
Fox\u2019s greatest gift is that they\u2019re able to air things previously only seen on The Daily Stormer and Infowars and convince their partners that it\u2019s no different than regular old TV.\n\nThey did it slowly and methodically and it fucking worked.— Sleeping Giants (@Sleeping Giants) 1652752611
No matter what Tucker Carlson says now, he\u2019s largely responsible for mainstreaming the white supremacist lies that radicalized this terrorist to violence. We have receipts.https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1526353536061165569\u00a0\u2026— Ahmed Baba (@Ahmed Baba) 1652746656
.@TuckerCarlson telling his audience that THEY are the victims. Not the ten innocent souls killed in Buffalo. Nope, Tucker\u2019s audience are the real victims here.https://twitter.com/acyn/status/1526354040044457985\u00a0\u2026— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh) 1652746748
"what about my feelings"https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1526354040044457985\u00a0\u2026— darth\u2122 (@darth\u2122) 1652747426
\u201cWon\u2019t likely change unless White people work overtime to counterprogram the replacement narrative. This is necessary work of White Americans bc minorities cannot alone dismantle exploitive brand of fearmongering that\u2019s built around their very existence.\u201dhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/05/16/white-americans-speak-against-great-replacement-theory/\u00a0\u2026— Leslie Proll (@Leslie Proll) 1652748984
Yes, Tucker Carlson shares the bulk of the blame for the Buffalo Supermarket attack, and hopefully, the bulk of the financial burden, should the victims' families choose to file a civil suit..— Old Man Lefty (@Old Man Lefty) 1652746538
Seems like Tucker is implicitly acknowledging here that white replacement theory is one of his political views.https://twitter.com/acyn/status/1526354040044457985\u00a0\u2026— Bill Kristol (@Bill Kristol) 1652749255
After every racially motivated mass shooting, Tucker has to devote an entire show defending himself for influencing all this violence.\n\nBuffalo is what happens when we tolerate intolerance because whiny right-wing fascists complain they're having their free speech stifled.— Alex Cole (@Alex Cole) 1652753657
Tucker is doing what Rupert wants. As long as Murdoch is loading his bank account by being a hate merchant, Tucker will be on Fox acting like a victim instead of being a man who takes responsibility for his words.https://twitter.com/acyn/status/1526354040044457985\u00a0\u2026— Barbara Malmet (@Barbara Malmet) 1652754125
On his White Power Hour, @TuckerCarlson, proclaims white supremacist terrorism is legitimate political discourse.— Paulette Feeney (@Paulette Feeney) 1652747963
Have to wonder exactly how many other mass shooters Tucker Carlson has emboldened. Scary shit.— Donhammed McBunker (@Donhammed McBunker) 1652751813
Two men. One ideology.\n\nOne man commits his hate crimes on @Twitch with an assault rifle.\n\nThe other commits his hate crimes on @FoxNews with a multi-year contract.\n\nWithout the suit, they would be difficult to tell apart. @TuckerCarlsonhttps://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1526352560080031744\u00a0\u2026— Brett Pransky (@Brett Pransky) 1652746922
Tucker Carlson is the real victim of the Buffalo mass shooting.https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1526354040044457985\u00a0\u2026— Devin Nunes' Alt-Mom (@Devin Nunes' Alt-Mom) 1652754102
White guy\u2019s manifesto- \u201cjust want to make sure everyone knows I\u2019m doing this because I\u2019m racist, literally killing black people because I\u2019m racist af\u201d\n\nTucker Toolbag - \u201ccalling him racist is the go-to democrat talking point\u201d— Jaime Primak (@Jaime Primak) 1652751734
As Tucker Carlson hides behind the First Amendment and assertions of mental illness to avoid taking any responsibility for spreading his sick racist fantasies about a plot to replace whites\u2014just days after another radicalized young man commits mass murder.https://twitter.com/acyn/status/1526354040044457985\u00a0\u2026— Steven Beschloss (@Steven Beschloss) 1652749909
Tucker is a real victim of the Buffalo shooting because people are telling him to stop promoting a racist conspiracy theory. \n\nHe won\u2019t stop but he\u2019s upset people are trying to make him feel bad.https://twitter.com/acyn/status/1526354040044457985\u00a0\u2026— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum) 1652748082