U.S. Sen. John Fetterman is facing backlash on social media for complaining about the alleged bullying he’s faced over his supposed disability.
Speaking at a U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging this Thursday, the senator became emotional as he explained all that he’s had to contend with ever since he suffered a stroke last year.
“For me, it’s been a very personal issue with me. And I’m going to show this, and then I’m going to describe this to others. This is my iPhone, and this is a transcription service that allows me to fully participate in this meeting and conversations with my children and interacting with my staff,” Fetterman began.
“I had a stroke about 18 months ago, and I have lost my ability to fully process language. And I like to think I was an empathetic person, truly, but until that happened, I’ve raised to a whole different kind of level as well. And it’s profound to know though that I never really considered that without this kind of technology, I couldn’t watch television. And I can’t imagine if I didn’t have this kind of a bridge to allow me to communicate with other people effectively,” he added.
It’s at this point that he grew emotional and his voice began to crack.
“And, you know, because I live in a political environment, I was ridiculed and made fun of because I wasn’t able to process things sometimes or say things sometimes. … I’m so sorry. I’m sure many of you had to go through this kind of thing. I was lucky enough to go through my life, the vast majority of that, without this kind of disability that I have,” he said.
“But again, I can’t imagine and how the the challenges, and admire everyone that has to kind of live with these kind of struggles and prevail over them. And the questions that I have is really more of an open-ended kind of question to everyone on the panel. How can we become more empathetic, more responsive, and more effective senators to provide the kind of support and services that anyone in these communities deserve?” he concluded.
While critics appear to have plenty of sympathy and compassion for his stroke side effects, they’re far less OK with the lies that have been told to keep him in office.
“So when you’re running for election you hide your stroke and lie about it’s severity. But when you’re elected you use the stroke as a crutch and excuse and it becomes your identity. Got it,” one critic tweeted.
See more responses below:
The American people and especially the good people of Pennsylvania were lied to by him, his campaign, and the media.
— TWEETO BANDITO (@DjptrsnMana) September 21, 2023
His wife demanded “consequences” for a female journalist who merely told the truth about his condition while he was blatantly lying to the public about it.
— The Only Gary Johnson Stan (@colorblindk1d) September 21, 2023
Can people stop protecting this jagoff just using his lingo. He’s a grown man and he ran for a highly stressful job so he should be able to take the heat. He can’t cry wolf and say he is a victim.
— Alan (@Alan115752783) September 22, 2023
But his doctor said Fetterman “has NO work restrictions and can work full duty in public office” as the (then-Democratic Senate candidate) recovered from a debilitating stroke, his primary care physician Dr. Clifford Chen said in October of 2022.
— Brian Doherty (@BDOH) September 22, 2023
Fetterman’s doctor said in October before his election that he was of completely sound mind and body and could participate fully without any restrictions. That is still not true.
It’s sad, really.
— Tripp Whitbeck (@trippwhitbeck) September 21, 2023
The National Republican Senatorial Committee previously addressed Fetterman’s stroke-related lies in a press release published last year.
“John Fetterman just can’t stop lying to Pennsylvanians. First, he lied about how serious his stroke was. Then, Fetterman’s campaign said he was 90% recovered and ready to get back on the trail. But when it came time to debate, Fetterman said he wasn’t fully recovered. He’s either lying about his health or dodging debates because he can’t defend his radical positions,” the press release reads.
“Now, Fetterman has the audacity to say that he’s never been hiding any of his health issues. That’s another lie. If Fetterman can’t tell the truth about his health, how can Pennsylvanians trust him to be a Senator?” it continues.
Dovetailing back to the present, critics also went after Fetterman because he’d spent most of the week mocking Republicans for complaining about the Senate’s new dress code that was inspired by him.
Case in point:
This the same dude running his mouth all week and now wants empathy? Nah.
— Sue D Nym. (@medneck) September 22, 2023
He seemed fine earlier this week working on his comedy routine? pic.twitter.com/DrV1xvDPZC
— Howie (@HowieLongggg) September 21, 2023
Also, speaking of the dress code, critics wondered how his stroke explains his decision to dress like a slob.
Why does that keep him from wearing pants?
— Chris Knight (@samensign43) September 22, 2023
Did his stroke prevent him from wearing a suit?
— Leo the Chihuahua (@MrM278) September 21, 2023
Fetterman – You need to look, dress, and act like a SENATOR, not a JANITOR! No excuses, no tears!
— Rich D (@RichD584178) September 22, 2023
DONATE TO AMERICAN WIRE
If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to American Wire News to help us fight them.
- Race and gender identity will factor in when students misbehave in Portland public schools - December 6, 2023
- Billionaire demands Harvard, UPenn, MIT presidents step down over genocide of Jews controversy - December 6, 2023
- ‘Intimately involved’: Turns out Joe Biden was emailing with Hunter’s business partner on alias account - December 6, 2023
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.