“I have known Dr. Oz for many years, as have many others, even if only through his very successful television show,” Trump said in the statement, adding, “He has lived with us through the screen and has always been popular, respected and smart.” Trump also praised Oz’s popularity with women. Women “are drawn to Dr. Oz for his advice and counsel,” said Trump, who has been credibly accused of assault by multiple women and bragged on tape about serially groping women.
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— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) April 9, 2022
Oz and Trump have a history. During the 2016 race, Oz invited Trump to his show where the then-candidate shared a letter about his health signed by Dr. Howard Bornstein, a gastroenterologist who later admitted that Trump “dictated that whole letter” to him. “I didn’t write that letter. I just made it up as I went along,” Bornstein said. Trump never released his full medical records. And a few weeks after Trump entered office, Bornstein said that Trump’s bodyguard and a Trump Organization lawyer “raided” the doctor’s office, leaving with Trump’s records.
But Oz accepted at face value the letter Trump showed him and later said on the Today show that the information he saw “indicate[d] that [Trump] is healthy enough to be president.”
Trump referenced his appearance on Oz’s show in his endorsement. “[Oz] even said that I was in extraordinary health, which made me like him even more (although he said I should lose a couple of pounds!),” Trump said.
But Oz’s popularity, like Trump’s, is built on a foundation of misinformation. A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2014 found that at least half of the medical advice Oz gave on his show was bunk. And during the pandemic, Oz promoted hydroxychloroquine — a drug heavily promoted by Trump despite a serious lack of evidence that it was an effective treatment for Covid-19.
No wonder Trump feels fondly about Oz.