What the heck is going on with John Fetterman? We aren’t buying that he has been hospitalized for just clinical depression for the past month. Something else seems to be going on…after all, he suffered a near-fatal stroke less than a year ago. Fetterman hasn’t released a video during the time that he’s been hospitalized to prove that he’s alright. As a United States senator, he has the obligation to be more candid with the American people about his condition – and if he is unable to do so, then his staff should be honest with us.
Let’s take a step back and review the timeline of events:
- January 3, 2023: John Fetterman is sworn in as a U.S. Senator
- February 9, 2023: Fetterman’s Communication Director, Joe Cavello, reported that the senator “began feeling lightheaded” during a Senate Democratic Retreat and was taken to the hospital.
- February 10, 2023: Fetterman remained hospitalized as doctors “rule out another stroke”. He continued to be monitored for signs of seizure. Cavello tweeted that the senator was looking forward to returning to the Senate on the following Monday.
- February 11, 2023: Fetterman was discharged from George Washington University Hospital after doctors ruled out another stroke and testing showed “no evidence of seizures”. This occurred just hours after the New York Times reported that “aides and confidantes describe Fetterman’s transition to the Senate as a difficult period,” and that he may have pushed himself too hard on the campaign trail following his stroke, potentially setting “himself back permanently.” The piece in the Times went on to state that “aides and confidantes describe his introduction to the Senate as a difficult period, filled with unfamiliar duties that are taxing for someone still in recovery: meetings with constituents, attending caucus and committee meetings, appearing in public at White House events and at the State of the Union, as well as making appearances in Pennsylvania.” We find it disturbing that performing standard senator duties is taxing for Fetterman. If he isn’t up for the job, he shouldn’t be attempting it. It’s too important to the people that he represents that he be fit and able to represent them.
- February 16, 2023: Fetterman’s chief of staff, Adam Jentleson, released a statement that the senator had checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to receive inpatient treatment for clinical depression. Fetterman’s camp made sure to let it be known that he is receiving treatment on a voluntary basis. Quite the coincidence, this being just days after Fetterman’s previous hospitalization for “lightheadedness” (or whatever may have been really occurring).
- February 17, 2023: A senior aide to Fetterman said in an interview that the senator would remain hospitalized as doctors try out new medications and dosages to test their efficacy. There was also mention of Fetterman participating in talk therapy (how would he do that, we wonder, given his obvious difficulty with speaking). The senior aide also noted that Fetterman’s time as a mental ward inpatient could range from weeks to more than a month, but likely less than two months. At this point it seemed pretty clear that whatever the reason for Fetterman’s hospitalization, he is neither physically nor mentally equipped to carry out his duties in the Senate.
- February 24, 2023: Gisele Barreto Fetterman, wife of the hospitalized Pennsylvania senator, tweeted that she packed up her kids and fled the country the day after her husband checked himself into a mental hospital. “1 week ago today when the news dropped, the kids were off from school and the media trucks circled our home. I did the first thing I could think of … pack them in the car and drive.” In a subsequent tweet, Gisele revealed she drove herself and her children to Canada. This all seemed very odd to us. Why did she pack up her family and flee the country at a time when presumably her husband needed her by his side?
- March 3, 2023: John Fetterman introduced legislation while still hospitalized for clinical depression. A total of six senators from both sides of the aisle jointly introduced the Railway Safety Act of 2023. Hmmm. So he has cognitive processing issues, depression severe enough to merit hospitalization, and he’s still working? He has the wherewithal to contribute to legislation designed to prevent train derailments? Okayyy….
- March 6, 2023: Jentleson tweeted some staged photos allegedly depicting a “Productive morning with Senator Fetterman at Walter Reed discussing the rail safety legislation, Farm Bill and other Senate business.” Jentleson added, “John is well on his way to recovery and wanted me to say how grateful he is for all the well wishes. He’s laser focused on PA & will be back soon.” Fetterman looks noticeably thinner, but the images constitute proof that at least he is still alive (and still wearing his uniform hoodies).
Pennsylvania Republicans are now calling BS and have demanded action regarding the absent senator. They are calling on Fetterman to appear on camera to show us he is alive and well, and if he is unable to do so, they will call upon their elected Representatives in Washington, Senator Casey and Congressman Reschenthaler, to intervene immediately. The missive regarding Fetterman’s absenteeism, penned by Sean Logue, Chairman of the Washington County Republican Party, also brings attention to the confirmed lies that were told during the 2022 general election regarding Fetterman’s health. At this point it’s clear that Fetterman is not well enough nor is he able to do the job to which he was elected. He has admitted this himself as he has described his auditory processing capability as severely impaired, likening it to trying to make out the muffled voice of the teacher in the “Peanuts” cartoon, whose words could never be deciphered. Fetterman has been forced to rely on a tablet to transcribe what is said to him so that he can understand. The brain damage from his stroke is very real – we clearly remember that Fetterman spoke incoherently during his debate with Dr. Oz. To date, Fetterman hasn’t neither appeared in public nor provided any proof that he is able to return to the Senate.
Fetterman’s inability to perform the duties of the office to which he was elected is par for the course for the Dems, who are also pretending that Joe Biden is physically and mentally able to handle his job. Tucker Carlson recently highlighted this trend when he said, “we’re supposed to think that’s not a big deal. We’re not even supposed to think about it – and just to show how completely “normal” it is for newly elected U.S. senators to have mental breakdowns and disappear from public view, that’s such not a big deal that Fetterman somehow just cosponsored legislation in the U.S. Senate.” But how is someone who has brain damage, cognitive issues, and is receiving inpatient care in a mental hospital able to cosponsor legislation? Well, don’t bother asking, you won’t get a response. In fact, Jentleson is blocking anyone on social media anyone who asks these sorts these questions.
For the record, a newly elected senator spending more time in a mental hospital than in the Senate chamber is not okay. The people propping up Fetterman should tender his resignation. Don’t worry Dems, the Democrat Governor of Pennsylvania would appoint a replacement. At the next scheduled statewide election, voters would then hold a special election to choose who would carry out the remainder of Fetterman’s term. This is what should happen as voters have the right to choose who represents them, and Fetterman can’t do that if he’s a mental hospital inpatient and not physically at the Capitol. But the Dems will likely keep the Fetterman charade going as long as possible in an attempt to hold on to the Senate majority, given that Fetterman’s term is six years and the next statewide election in Pennsylvania is November 7, 2023.
The bottom line is we should not be putting mentally ill people into positions of leadership. Those with dementia, brain damage, and cognitive processing issues should not be allowed to hold office. We can’t believe this is even up for debate. Allowing this to continue violates the rights of the voters, the residents of Pennsylvania, and the American people. It is an affront to the integrity of the electoral process and the concept of fair representation in legislative bodies. When someone who holds office isn’t mentally up to the job, who is making the decisions? Not the person who was elected… Wokeism on the left is attempting to shame anyone who dares to pose this and other similar questions. We’re called “ableists” if we call out the issue of someone with brain damage holding office. We shouldn’t be normalizing this. Those around Fetterman (and Biden) should be getting them the treatment they need. Fetterman deserves support, care, and the ability to try and continue on with his life out of office and away from the public eye. And we as the American people deserve leaders who are up to the job.