Shabby attire wasn’t the only bad look stemming from the Senate’s new dress code as perceived disparity in the chamber presented yet another double standard.
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Senate Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) decision to revise the dress code in favor of freshman Sen. John Fetterman’s (D-Pa.) business attire apprehensions left the beshorted legislator sticking out like a sore thumb for more than the obvious reasons.
Joining “America Reports” co-hosts John Roberts and Gillian Turner, Fox News contributor and editor-in-chief for The Federalist Mollie Hemingway wondered at the “open admission of failure” presented by the divisive policy, a concern further exacerbated by requiring visitors to uphold a stricter code than lawmakers.
“To me, the most problematic part of the policy revision is the way that in the original iteration handed down by Chuck Schumer, senators would no longer have to abide by a dress code on the Senate floor, but the American people would,” remarked Turner. “That seems to, like, highlight all the bad things that people are saying about, you know, the nature of the Senate.”
“Or reminds people of all the problems they’re having with the country right now,” replied Hemingway, “where it seems that there are two standards of justice, one for elites and one for other people, one for people who are friends of the ruling regime and one for people who are not. And so this just seemed to factor into that as well.”
The contributor spoke about the idea of an “open admission of failure” as she addressed that even Senate Democrat colleagues like Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Dick Durbin (Ill.) were pushing back on the lax requirements that acted as a visual aid of sentiments about “civilizational decline.”
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Also presented was the matter of whether the intention of the dress code, to abate the commonwealth congressman’s struggle with depression, for which he had checked himself into a mental health facility only weeks after taking his oath of office, legitimately addressed the problem.
“I actually worry that it’s the opposite of him being in a particularly good disposition,” said Hemingway. “This is someone who not too long ago was hospitalized for some of his mental health issues. It is common, and I say this with no judgment because I’ve experienced this myself as well, that when you’re having bouts of depression or other issues, it can affect your ability to get up, get dressed, get showered, get out there.”
“And I hope that Sen. Fetterman, you know, I think a lot of people are like talking about this, but I hope that the people close to him love him enough to get him the help that he needs to make sure that he is up for this. It doesn’t seem like he’s able to really handle some of these duties,” she went on. “And maybe Chuck Schumer, rather than changing dress code policy in, ostensibly to help him out, maybe should think about whether he’s providing the help he really should be.”
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