In a “remember that time at band camp” moment, Pennsylvania senatorial candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz started running an ad last week recalling the time that Democrat John Fetterman, armed with a shotgun, chased down an unarmed black jogger in 2013.
(Video Credit: American Leadership Action)
The 30-second ad highlights the hypocrisy of Fetterman who has been running on a gun-control platform against Oz. This is the same candidate who suffered a stroke.
Fetterman has been grilled on the incident before and has tried to explain it away, but it just keeps on getting resurrected and is haunting him in the election. His reaction to the black man who was wearing a mask in the cold was a mistake, he contends. It doesn’t change the fact that the Democratic candidate reflexively grabbed a gun, hopped in his pickup, and chased the man down, then confronted him.
Fetterman was mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania at the time of the incident, and clips of him speaking with a reporter have gone viral. The jogger, Christopher Miyares, also did an eye-opening interview and it is circulating, much to the dismay of the beleaguered Democrat.
“I believe I did the right thing but I may have broken the law during the course of it,” Fetterman claimed in the 2013 interview.
Remember when John Fetterman thought he heard gunshots, hopped in his truck, came across a random, innocent black guy who was simply jogging, chased him down, pointed a shotgun at him, and then lied about pointing the shotgun at him? pic.twitter.com/GGRbkNzgea
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) September 12, 2022
The ad contends that Fetterman is “reckless,” “risky” and “wrong for Pennsylvania.” It cost roughly $500,000 to run the ad and it was first reported by NBC News. It’s airing on networks that have significant reach into black communities including the Oprah Winfrey Network, Black Entertainment Television, ESPN, and NBC. According to NBC, the group has also rolled out a 15-second digital ad that will reach black voters online.
Fetterman has been trying to explain away and justify the incident for months. Miyares was wearing running clothes and headphones at the time of the altercation. No weapon was found on him by police when they arrived on the scene. He claims Fetterman pointed the shotgun at his chest. Fetterman denies the charge.
“There was an episode, over eight years ago, where I was outside with my young son who was four years old at the time, and I heard this crushing burst of gunfire coming from a corridor that was the scene of dozens of shootings,” he asserted.
He stated in the video that he could never forgive himself if he hadn’t done something.
(Video Credit: NBC10 Philadelphia)
“So I made that decision at that point to intervene to stop him from going any further until the first responders could arrive,” Fetterman commented. “It’s not something that I would want anybody to live through, but the fact of the matter is there are a lot of communities in America, including Braddock, where it is not uncommon to hear gunshots randomly during the day or at night.”
Recent polling shows Fetterman is leading Oz in the Senate race. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report recently moved the race’s rating from a “toss-up” to “lean Democratic.” However, the shotgun ad is definitely going to leave a mark.
Some charge that according to Democrat standards, the incident is worth tar and feathering over. That’s not likely to happen as Democrats are in full-fledged damage control over the snafu and will deflect from it and excuse it for all they are worth. Which isn’t much, according to many on social media:
Normally, something like this would (D)estroy the career of a politician.
— Wheel Lofter 🇺🇸 (@WheelLofter) September 12, 2022
When asked if he pointed the gun at him, he tried to obfuscate with details nobody asked for (“I didn’t even have a round chambered.”) Liar.
— Vago (@travelamigo) September 12, 2022
That’s called aggravated assault. Good for 10-20 yrs in many jurisdictions.
— Akitaloyal (@akitaloyal) September 12, 2022
But I might have broken the law but…
— The Gipper (@NickCultrara716) September 12, 2022
My God. If this dude were a Republican, this would be a national story.
— Brick7 (@jacksonbrick9) September 12, 2022
Anyone else would be charged.
— K9-Keno (@k9_keno) September 12, 2022
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