(RepublicanJournal.org) – Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) has faced criticism after the Senate’s long-standing dress code was changed just for him. Now he’s taken to mocking Republicans who have called out his behavior. Unfortunately for him, if he wants to be taken seriously he might be going about it the wrong way.
A Unique Senator
Most US senators come into the upper chamber after a career in business, politics or the military. John Fetterman, in this and in so many other ways, is different. Born into an upper-middle-class family in 1969, Fetterman dropped out of an MBA program in 1993 and then worked briefly in insurance.
In 1995, he quit his job and, financially supported by his wealthy father, bounced around between nonprofits and volunteering jobs until he was elected as mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, in 2005. The job only paid $150 a month, and Fetterman still relied on his father to pay his way in life. Despite regular complaints about his attitude from Braddock residents, he hung on there until 2019, when he became Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. Then, in January 2021, he announced plans to run for one of the state’s US Senate seats.
In the senate race, Fetterman’s GOP opponent was Dr. Mehmet Oz, a controversial candidate many people regarded as a crank — and despite suffering a major stroke on May 13, 2022, days before winning the Democrat primary, he managed to beat Oz in the November 2022 election.
At that point the effects of his stroke were becoming obvious; Fetterman admits he can’t “fully process language,” which is a bit of a drawback in someone whose job is to write, debate, and enact laws. Then, on February 16, he checked himself into Walter Reed hospital with depression and didn’t reappear in the Senate until May 17.
When he did reappear, he was conspicuously not doing a very good job. Fetterman’s refusal to follow the Senate dress code, and continue wearing his trademark shorts and hoodie, meant he had to stand outside an open door and signal his votes by holding a thumb up or down.
Finally, on September 18, the Senate Majority Leader officially scrapped the Senate’s suit and tie dress code to indulge Fetterman’s preference for kids’ clothes. Of course, staffers and visitors still have to follow the code — just not Fetterman, who claims wearing grown-up clothes could trigger a new bout of depression.
Senators Protest — Fetterman Mocks
Not everyone is happy about the rule change. Several Republican senators have protested about the indignity of having a six-foot-eight man dressed like a teenage skateboarder in the country’s upper legislative body, while Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) wants to introduce a bipartisan ruling to reinstate the dress code and make Fetterman act his age.
Now Fetterman has responded, in a typically childish way. On September 20, while presiding over the Senate dressed for kindergarten, he issued a statement calling GOP congressmen “those jagoffs in the House.” He then told journalists, “The world didn’t spin off its axis” because of the clothes he wore. He also accused Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) of running on “ding-a-ling pics.” For now, Fetterman seems to be having fun at his congressional colleagues’ expense — but will he still be laughing when Manchin’s ruling comes up for a vote?
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