For the past few weeks, Fetterman and Oz’s campaigns have been locked in a tit-for-tat online fashion as Pennsylvania’s midterm election cycle continues to heat up. The Oz campaign has repeatedly criticized “radical liberal” John Fetterman via Twitter for his 2016 endorsement of Bernie Sanders and the “crazier than you think” policy platform. But rather than distance Fetterman from the criticism, his campaign has embraced the attacks as substantive inspiration.
The standoff burst into full view on Wednesday when Dr. Mehmet Oz posted a photoshopped image of Sanders and Fetterman styled like an 80s department store glamor photo taken from the movie stepbrothers. The Fetterman campaign responded with an image read, “graphic design is my passion,” mocking the meme’s crappy editing.
Joe Calvello, the communications director for the Fetterman campaign, said the approach was largely inspired by their opponent’s social presence. “Often, [Oz] just ask for it,” he told The edge on Wednesday. “I don’t know why he’s posting bad messages.”
Invoking the infamous graphic design meme was just the latest troll of the Fetterman campaign that centers on Dr. Oz pointed. Last week, the campaign recruited “Jersey Shore” star Nicole Polizzi, better known as “Snooki,” to berate Oz about his alleged sojourn in New Jersey. “I heard you moved from New Jersey to Pennsylvania to look for a new job,” Snooki said in the video. “Personally, I don’t know why anyone would want to leave New Jersey, because it’s the best place ever, and we’re all hot mess.”
There are still almost four months until voters in Pennsylvania decide who to send to Washington. But for now, “We let the people determine the ratio,” Calvello said.