‘Just sad’: Fetterman pledges to ‘push back against work to work’ in yet another painful verbal misfire

The ability of Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman to fulfill the demanding duties of a U.S. Senator since having a stroke has once again been called into question, as the state’s lieutenant governor attempted to tell voters why they should send him to Washington D.C.

“Send me to Washington, D.C. to take on—to make sure I push back against work to work,” he urged the crowd.

The awkward moment received literally one nervous “whoo!” from the gathered group.

While no one wishes Fetterman anything less than a full recovery, his continued difficulty with articulating basic thoughts and following simple conversations has been a subject of heated debate since his stroke in May, with Republicans raising legitimate concerns and Democrats essentially claiming it’s mean to point out that the guy is having a hard time.

As American Wire News reported, following an interview with the hoodie-wearing hopeful, NBC’s Dasha Burns revealed that Fetterman “still has a hard time understanding conversations” and required the help of closed captioning to make it through the Q & A.

“We had a monitor set up so he could read my questions because he still has lingering auditory processing issues as a result of the stroke, which means he has a hard time understanding what he’s hearing,” Burns said. “Now once he reads the question, he’s able to understand. You’ll hear he also still has some problems, some challenges with speech.”

“I’ll say that just in some of the small talk prior to the interview before the closed captioning was up and running, it did seem that he had a hard time understanding our conversations and I’ll just let you take a listen to some of what we talked about here,” she added.

In the interview, Fetterman tried to pass his need for closed captioning off as no big deal, though anyone who has ever watched senators argue proposed legislation or grill someone at a hearing knows it’s actually a very big deal, not just for the senator’s constituents, but for all Americans who will have to live with the fallout from what does or doesn’t get passed into law.

“Every now and then I’ll miss a word, every now and then, or sometimes I’ll maybe mush two words together,” Fetterman told Burns. “As long as I have captioning, I’m able to understand exactly what’s being asked, but even after the stroke, immediately after that, I was able to read everything and I haven’t lost any memories or anything like that. It’s just really the lingering issue that I have.”

While stroke experts have said Fetterman could eventually fully recover, he refuses to hand over his medical records, so no one save him and his doctors truly knows how badly his brain has been damaged.

And it’s unlikely anyone will know before casting their ballot.

For merely pointing out the truth of Fetterman’s condition, Burns was publicly bashed by Fetterman’s wife, who claimed Burns should face “consequences” for her reporting.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, Fetterman’s latest gaffe has fueled even more concern and ridicule.

“This is just sad,” wrote one user.

“I don’t believe that Mr. Fetterman will be able to read and understand six-page bills, let alone make quality decisions for America,” another stated.

“This freak is a mess…” said yet another.

And those were the nice comments.

Below, see what else Twitter has to say.


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