Fetterman Advisor Says He Won’t Be Able to Perform Like Other Senators

After John Fetterman’s victory in Pennsylvania, an advisor close to him admitted she doesn’t think the Senator will be able to perform as normal.

QUICK FACTS:
  • An advisor close to John Fetterman has admitted after the election the Senator will most likely not be able to perform like his colleagues.
  • “He is still recovering from a stroke and has lingering auditory processing challenges,” Rebecca Katz, a longtime Fetterman advisor said. “The way Hill reporters are used to yelling questions at Senators will not work here.”
  • Responding to the question about whether or not Fetterman would wear a hoodie, his typical outfit during the entirety of the campaign, on the Senate floor, Katz said Fetterman “has a suit and will wear it to the Capitol.”
MSNBC HOST JOE SCARBOROUGH ON FETTERMAN’S SPEAKING IMPAIRMENT:

“John Fetterman’s ability to communicate is seriously impaired… this is painful to watch regardless of one’s politics,” Scarborough said.

BACKGROUND:
  • Fetterman said on the campaign trail that it was ‘inevitable’ he was going to miss some words during a speech or debate due to his stroke that took place the day before the primaries in Pennsylvania.
  • “You know, I know with my stroke Dr. Oz has never stopped reminding about that… again and again,” Fetterman said. “At every event, everywhere I go, there’s usually at least one person that’s showing up trying to get me to miss some words. And that’s the truth. It’s no secret, I’m gonna miss some words, I’m gonna mush some words up together.”
  • Fetterman stumbled many times during his debate against Oz last month as he attempted to string words together while defending his stances. “I do support fracking and I don’t, I don’t — I support fracking, and I stand, and I do support fracking,” the Democrat said at the time.
  • In September 2022, NBC News falsely claimed footage of John Fetterman struggling to speak during a rally had been “doctored” and urged social media companies to censor it. 
  • The outlet accused one prominent conservative social media account of deceptively editing video of speeches to “create the perception that what he was saying was nonsensical.”