They Just Told John Fetterman He Better Show His Face Or Else….
Senator John Fetterman, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, has been hospitalized twice due to severe depression in recent weeks. Despite his team’s assurance that the topic of resignation is not on the table, Republicans have demanded that Fetterman release a video to show that he is alive and well.
If he resigns, the GOP would have a chance to increase its Senate representation, making the Democrats reliant on Senator Kyrsten Sinema and the vice president’s casting votes to maintain overall control.
Washington County Republican Party Chair Sean Logue released a statement questioning Fetterman’s ability to carry out his duties as Senator. The statement called upon Fetterman to appear on camera to show that he is alive and well. If he is unable to do so, the statement called upon elected representatives to intervene immediately. The statement also called for Fetterman’s resignation and a special election this year if he is unable or unwilling to carry out his duties as a United States Senator.
Fetterman’s communications director, Joe Calvello, released a statement saying that the senator was doing well and on a path to recovery. He added that Fetterman was visiting with staff and family daily, and his staff was keeping him updated on Senate business and news.
Fetterman had checked himself into a hospital to deal with rising bouts of depression following a major stroke last spring and lingering ill effects. He checked into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center “to receive treatment for clinical depression,” according to CNN.
Fetterman suffered a major stroke in May and had stayed off the campaign trail for a few months. He jumped back in time to engage in some fundraisers and a disastrous debate against his Trump-backed Republican opponent, TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, both of whom were vying for retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey’s seat.
Two things we need to get out of the way:
1) John Fetterman has a suit and will wear it to the Capitol.
2) He is still recovering from a stroke and has lingering auditory processing challenges. The way Hill reporters are used to yelling questions at Senators will not work here. https://t.co/0UCe47d9QC
— Rebecca Katz (@RebeccaKKatz) November 15, 2022
Fetterman’s chief of staff noted that after examining John, the doctors at Walter Reed told them that he was getting the care he needed and would soon be back to himself. He also stated that Fetterman has experienced depression “off and on” over the course of his life, though the issue “only became severe in recent weeks.”
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed well wishes for Fetterman, acknowledging that his condition must be difficult not only for him but his family as well. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted his support for Fetterman, saying that millions of Americans struggle with depression each day and that he is looking forward to seeing him return to the Senate soon.
In November, a Fetterman advisor admitted after his victory that he would not be able to perform his job as usual. Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic spotted Fetterman in the Senate basement and asked if he would be able to wear his hoodie on the Senate floor.
Fetterman’s advisor, Rebecca Katz, responded, saying that Fetterman has a suit and will wear it to the Capitol. She added that he is still recovering from a stroke and has lingering auditory processing challenges and that the way Hill reporters are used to yelling questions at Senators will not work with Fetterman.
It is clear that Fetterman is going through a difficult time with his health, and it is important that he gets the care and support he needs to recover. It is also important that his colleagues on both sides of the aisle show him the support and compassion he deserves during this difficult time.
As for the Republican demand for a video to prove that Fetterman is alive and well, it seems like a baseless and insensitive request that adds unnecessary stress to an already challenging situation. The focus should be on Fetterman’s recovery and well-being, not political maneuvering.
Sources: ConservativeBrief, Newsweek, Breitbart