KATHY Barnette's controversial moments are being brought to light just days before the May 17 primary, as she made a shocking admission during a recent primary debate against Dr Mehmet Oz.
Barnette, a Republican, is a candidate for US Senate, representing Pennsylvania. Her sudden ascent has leveled the playing field in what was largely regarded as a two-person race between Oz and Dave McCormick.
Barnette's sudden rise has also gained the attention of several notable Republicans, including Former President Trump, who has publicly endorsed Oz.
"Kathy Barnette will never be able to win the General Election against the Radical Left Democrats," Trump said on May 12.
Encouraging people to vote for Oz, Trump added, "A vote for anyone else in the Primary is a vote against Victory in the Fall!"
Trump’s former acting national intelligence director Richard Grenell shared recently resurfaced tweets belonging to Barnette, considered by many to be homophobic and Islamophobic.
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In one tweet from 2013, Barnette wrote: “Please PRAY for my babies and me. We are on our way to California and there’s a homosexual female…”
In 2015, the candidate tweeted: “Pedophilia is a Cornerstone of Islam," followed by another tweet in 2017 stating: “Islam is a theocracy, should be banned from USA. Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond’s book: Slavery, Terrorism, and” with the tweet trailing off. The full title of the book Barnette referred to is “Slavery, Terrorism, and Islam.”
In an interview with NBC on May 12, Barnette denied the 2015 tweet, saying “Yeah, no, I don’t think that’s me.”
“I would never have said that. OK, I would have never said that, because I don’t believe that.”
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The resurfaced tweets come on the heels of Barnette's shocking revelation during a May 4 debate, during which she revealed she was a "byproduct of a rape."
“My mother was 11 years old when I was conceived, my father was 21.”
"I was not just a lump of cells."
Barnette also said: ”I am so very grateful that our nation is now having a very important conversation … about life."
She then called Oz out for his comments on the topic of abortion.
"It was very disturbing when I saw Mehmet Oz running for this particular race when I’ve seen him on numerous occasions … saying that my life was nothing more than an acorn with electrical currents,” Barnette said.
”I am wondering if the good doctor has now since changed his position on that. My life is valuable and so are the many lives that find themself in the womb of their mother, whether in the womb or toward the end of that life."
Additional questions surround the truth behind Barnette's previous military experience.
Her website states: "Kathy served her country proudly for 10 years in the Armed Forces Reserves where she was accepted into Officer Candidacy School."
When asked about her military experience, the candidate said she served from 1990 to 2000 in the Army Reserves in Alabama and Missouri.
A spokesman for the Alabama National Guard confirmed Barnette's service from 1993 to 1998 to ABC27.
Barnette herself spoke to the outlet, claiming there was a misunderstanding between her campaign and a reporter inquiring about her military experience.
She also released a NGB-22 form on May 11, documenting more than seven and a half years in the Army National Guard.
“I have done nothing wrong and I refuse to receive that or to apologize for anything," she told ABC27. "I’m unapologetic."
She recently received an endorsement from the conservative Club for Growth, with the group spending about $2million on endorsement ads, according to The Hill.
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The Pennsylvania primary is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17.
A request for comment sent to Barnette's campaign has not yet been returned.
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