Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) had a befuddling response to a ceasefire protestor at a rally in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
The man shouted at Fetterman before being forced out of the building by police.
“The joke is on you. I had a stroke. I can’t fully understand what you are saying,” Fetterman said.
Fetterman confirms he's a vegetable after being confronted by a ceasefire protester.
Fetterman: "The joke is on you. I had a stroke. I can’t fully understand what you are saying.” pic.twitter.com/Wno4Viu5Va
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) November 6, 2023
Is Fetterman admitting he’s not capable of carrying out his duties as a public servant to the people of Pennsylvania?
Here’s a longer clip:
John Fetterman was confronted by a protester at a campaign event last night for his support for Israel.
He responds to him by saying “The joke is on you. I had a stroke. I can’t fully understand what you are saying.” pic.twitter.com/XNDamAt4gp
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 6, 2023
The Democrat senator has faced multiple health complications on the campaign trail and while in office.
Many have questioned Fetterman’s mental and physical health to serve as a United States senator.
CNN noted in February:
Democratic Sen. John Fetterman’s hospitalization for the treatment of clinical depression has raised questions about the links between depression and strokes – and how long he’ll need to be hospitalized.
The Pennsylvania Democrat, who suffered a stroke last May ahead of winning the Senate nomination, has experienced depression on and off throughout his life, according to his office, although it only became severe in recent weeks.
About a third of people who’ve had a stroke do suffer some sort of clinical depression. It could be for different reasons, including directly due to the impact on the brain from the stroke.
“There’s not a lot of data behind the reason, but one idea is that stroke itself messes up the brain’s ability to function well – not just the part of the brain where the neurons are affected by the actual stroke, but the way the different brain regions talk to each other. As a result, it can cause cognitive troubles, and that can impact the way we see and perceive the world and lead to depression,” Dr. Will Cronenwett, chief of psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said in a news release Friday.
It could also be more of a psychological impact from dealing with abilities that have been lost.
“A lot of people with stroke have to adjust to new reality of what their body and brain can do. And in some people that adjustment can lead to depression,” Cronenwett said.
“Senator John Fetterman voter gets forcibly shoved out of a restaurant after confronting Fetterman on why he is not supporting a ceasefire in Gaza,” Collin Rugg wrote last week.
“Fetterman stood completely still with a confused look on his face without saying a word,” he added.
NEW: Senator John Fetterman voter gets forcibly shoved out of a restaurant after confronting Fetterman on why he is not supporting a ceasefire in Gaza.
Fetterman stood completely still with a confused look on his face without saying a word.
"10,000 people in Gaza have been… pic.twitter.com/ZDM8u9Dncv
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) October 30, 2023
According to The Hill, Fetterman “choked up” during a Senate hearing about the struggles people with disabilities face.
From The Hill:
Fetterman held up his phone to let the room see the transcription app that helps him follow conversations and interact with staff after a stroke last year damaged his ability to fully process language.
“Because I live in a political environment, I was ridiculed and made fun of,” Fetterman said, choking up as he spoke to the witnesses who testified at the hearing.
“I’m so sorry that I’m sure many of you had to go through this kind of thing,” Fetterman added. “I was lucky enough to go through my life, the vast majority of that, without this kind of disability that I have.”
Fetterman experienced a stroke in May 2022, which left him with an auditory processing disorder. At the hearing, titled “Unlocking the Virtual Front Door: Ensuring Accessible Government Technology for People with Disabilities, Older Adults, and Veterans,” he highlighted the scrutiny he has received for his new disability.
“I admire everyone that has to kind of live with these kind of struggles, and prevail over them,” Fetterman said.
Although there’s no debating individuals who suffer from mental and physical disabilities deserve sympathy, it’s fair to question if public servants are unfit to serve in office.