Mehmet Oz
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Political Affiliation

Praises Trump

11 Apr 2022

Grateful for President Trump’s endorsement. The President supports my campaign because I believe in putting America First. Thanks for having me, @seanhannity.

Mehmet Oz said, in a tweet

Inflation is hurting American families. Under Joe Biden, gas prices are skyrocketing and food prices are rising. We must stop the reckless spending. This is outrageous! Thanks a lot, Joe.

Mehmet Oz said, in a tweet

Republican

30 Nov 2021

I’m running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania because America needs a Conservative Republican to cure what’s wrong with Washington. I’m a world-class surgeon, fighter, and health care advocate stepping forward to cure our country’s ills. Watch my announcement video now!

Mehmet Oz said, in a tweet

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Abortion

Pro-Life

3 May 2022

The Court is right. Roe was wrongly decided. Abortion laws should be left up to the American people and their elected representatives. I look forward to supporting pro-life legislation that saves innocent lives in the U.S. Senate.

Mehmet Oz said, in a tweet

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COVID-19

Trump is right, China should pay reparations to the rest of the world for their role in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mehmet Oz said, in a tweet

Pro Vaccine

4 Jan 2021

It was my turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine today. As a physician, I didn’t hesitate when I got the call from my hospital, New York Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center—I was given the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine this afternoon, and I’m feeling great.

Mehmet Oz said, on his Instagram

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Education

Student loan “forgiveness” doesn’t just make the debt disappear. Hardworking Americans will have to foot the bill because some far left activists thought this idea would distract voters from their terrible agenda.

Mehmet Oz said, in a tweet

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Environment

The Green New Deal is a lie. If you want to deal with inflation, unleash American energy production. We've got more natural gas under our feet than we could POSSIBLY use in this country over the next hundreds years.

Mehmet Oz said, in a tweet

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Gun Control

I will never back down from the fight to protect our Second Amendment Rights.

Mehmet Oz said, in a tweet

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Immigration

As your United States Senator, I will fight to end illegal immigration and soft-on-crime policies that release dangerous, undocumented criminals into sanctuary cities.

Mehmet Oz said, in a tweet

Anti Immigration

26 Apr 2022

As the border crisis worsens, the 1 million new illegal immigrants that came into the U.S. during President Biden’s first year in office will cost taxpayers $9.4 billion. We need to secure our southern border and enforce our laws.

Mehmet Oz said, in a tweet

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International Trade

Last night, I spoke with @seanhannity about how we desperately need energy independence. We have to stop importing Russian oil and start ramping up domestic energy production.

Mehmet Oz said, in a tweet

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LGBTQ+

Biological men shouldn’t play women’s sports. #PASen

Mehmet Oz said, in a tweet

LGBTQ+ Supporter

17 Oct 2019

No one should be bullied for who they are – and we should all take a stand against the bullying of LGBTQ youth. Take the pledge and show your support: Join GLAAD this Spirit Day and Take the Pledge Against Bullying #SpiritDay

Mehmet Oz said, in a tweet

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Racism

The color of your skin should not affect the quality of the medical treatment you receive. Racial bias in the medical system must end now. I’m shining a light on this issue all season long, starting with today’s powerful episode.

Mehmet Oz said, in a tweet

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Russian Invasion of Ukraine

We are praying for the brave and resilient Ukrainian people. The attacks being carried out by Vladimir Putin are reprehensible. We stand with our friends and ally.

Mehmet Oz said, in a tweet

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Social Justice

I want to use my platform to not only raise awareness – but to do something that can have an impact for many years. That’s why I’m introducing the #MoreBlackDoctors campaign & the Diversity in Medicine Scholarship Award – to inspire future doctors in underrepresented communities.

Mehmet Oz said, in a tweet

Summary

Oz is a religious melting pot. He's a Muslim whose family was divided on the role of Islam in society and he is attracted to the mystical sect of Islam called Sufi. He's also a follower of the fringe Protestant Christian group that cropped up around Emanuel Swedenborg.

Oz is a Republican who takes the Democratic position on health care.

Editorial

Mehmet Oz, better known as simply Dr. Oz, was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Bozkir, Turkey. He holds dual citizenship.

Oz is a Muslim, but seems to hold a nuanced view of his religion, weighing the many sects for their pros and cons and even venturing outside of Islam for some of his spiritual views. He speaks of the dichotomy between his mother and father's views on Islam growing up–and the influence of certain types of Islam in the area of Turkey in which he grew up:

I've struggled a lot with my Muslim identity, in part because in my family there were two very different perspectives on it. My mother's family is a very secular family. They're very proud that they're secular Turks… My father's family, a much more traditional family… religion was their core essence. It defined who they were, it's what gave them their morality. They would never feel comfortable separating away their view toward the law from their view toward their religion.[1]

Oz goes on to say how he was more attracted to the spiritual element of religion rather than the legal, historical, social aspects. This eventually led him to the Sufi Muslims, who he feels were able to separate away the "99% of reality that we think is there and looking at the real, important 1% beneath the veneer, the true connection with God."[2]

However, beyond Islam, Oz was introduced and attached himself to the Protestant mysticism of his wife's religion–Swedenborgian Christianity. This small, mostly unknown sect of Protestantism is based around the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, who was known for his God-inspired trances (similar to the whirling, spinning trances advocated by the Sufi Muslims) and his out-of-body experiences during which Swedenborg claims to have visited various planets in the solar system.[3]

Politics of a specialist

Oz's politics are, to some extent, a mixed bag–though not nearly as much as his religious views. Of the nearly $20,000 he's given to political candidates, $16,500 was to Republicans.[4]

Unlike the majority of outspoken public figures in 2008, Oz was not an Obama supporter and, in fact, sided with McCain, contributing $4,400 to his presidential campaign.[5]

However, like a good-hearted physician, Oz has stood against the Republicans when it comes to health care. He's disgusted with the fact that people get sick and die because of lack of funds in the world's most prosperous country. Moreover, Oz is tired of the political bickering surrounding the issue. Oz has advocated for a health-based entitlement program in the U.S., similar to the one proposed by Hillary Clinton and, later, Barack Obama.[6]

That doesn't mean he's a Democrat. In fact, Oz has spoken about the possibility of running for office on the Republican ticket, calling himself a "moderate Republican" and invoking the rugged individualism of Teddy Roosevelt as his inspiration for considering public office.[7]

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