Earlier this week, the Biden administration issued letters to GOP Senate candidates Dr. Mehmet Oz of Pennsylvania and Herschel Walker of Georgia, demanding their resignation from the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, warning them they would be dismissed if a resignation wasn't received.
The pair, who were appointed to the volunteer positions by former President Donald Trump, railed against the firing, with Oz refusing to resign.
Oz recently appeared in an interview with far-right Fox News host Sean Hannity, where he announced he'd spoken to Walker and they both agreed to investigate the firings.
Dr Oz says he’s been talking with Herschel Walker and says once they become Senators, they will investigate politically motivated firings pic.twitter.com/BynaT8oLO5
— Acyn (@Acyn) March 25, 2022
Oz said to Hannity:
"Herschel and I have been talking, just texted him before I came on now, and when we're senators—we will both be senators one day, I believe—we're gonna investigate politically motivated firings. We want to introduce legislation to block politically driven malice. It makes no legal sense that you would take us off the panel."
Oz seems to have forgotten the record of the former President he supports. From the early days of his administration, Donald Trump was infamous for politically motivated firings. Before his presidency was even six months old, Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into Trump's 2016 campaign at the time. Though the White House said the firing was on the recommendation of intelligence officials, Trump said he would've fired Comey "regardless of recommendations." Trump later admitted to NBC's Lester Holt that the firing was an effort to subvert the investigation.
The firings didn't stop there. Trump dismissed Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman of the National Security Council and E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland after they complied with subpoenas to testify in the House select committee's 2019 impeachment inquiry.
He also fired Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Chris Krebs for debunking Trump's fantasies that the 2020 election was "stolen" from Trump by Democrats.
Social media users didn't hesitate to remind Oz of all this.
They can start with Trump and all his politically motivated firings. https://t.co/WIRpcc3jOz
— Jana M Johnson (@janaj840) March 25, 2022
The gaslighting here is staggering. No president fired more people for purely partisan reasons than Trump. None. The list is nearly endless, including most of his cabinet and close advisors. https://t.co/Id9XN6DkK5
— Founders’ Follower 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@FoundersFollows) March 25, 2022
Every firing by trump was completely politically motivated! And he admitted it. https://t.co/JIqjHTcCxI
— Desdemona Rose Garden (@DesdemonaRoseG) March 25, 2022
Gonna start with trumps then? https://t.co/tH7cEy0MvJ
— Paulo mostly liberal (@mostlyliberal10) March 25, 2022
Good let's look at all the people trump fired for no d*** good reason https://t.co/cXU43JgPrE
— ❤🤍💙 UNA MUJER - #StayBlueIn2022 (@AMluvinit2) March 25, 2022
Yet they support TFG who wants absolute power to fire anyone who isn’t loyal.
Mr. Oz ( I refuse to call this quack Dr.) should have been fired long ago. https://t.co/TgwRSb4rbd
— Time for Change 🌊 🌊 (@rmcdaniel307) March 25, 2022
They continued to roast Oz's Senate candidacy.
I have been talking to a bag of sock and once we become King and Queen of Narnia, I’m going to make bacon free with the purchase of beer which will also be free. https://t.co/eeXT6lBhiX
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) March 25, 2022
Oh 👋 @DrOz trust me the people of Pennsylvania will not elect a carpet bagger as their next Senator #VoteBlue2022 https://t.co/lcAnYga22q
— Tracey Schwartz (@phillygirl11) March 25, 2022
Once I gain superpowers, I'll protect Metropolis from Lex Luthor. https://t.co/CzQziZSXRT
— Abel Undercity (@AbelUndercity) March 25, 2022
Some have argued that Oz and Walker violated the Hatch Act by continuing to serve on the committee while also running a campaign.