U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) checked into Walter Reed Hospital for clinical depression on Wednesday as his wife Gisele tweeted she’s “so proud” of him for doing so. Critics called her “cruel” for prodding him to run in the first place due to his poor physical and mental health.
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Fetterman’s chief of staff, Adam Jentleson, sent out a statement on Thursday announcing the development: “Last night, Senator John Fetterman checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to receive treatment for clinical depression. While John has experienced depression on and off throughout his life, it only became severe in recent weeks.”
The statement went on to add that the senator was evaluated by the Attending Physician of the Congress, Dr. Brian P. Monahan, Monday and at that time he “recommended inpatient care at Walter Reed.” Fetterman complied with the recommendation and is now “receiving treatment on a voluntary basis.”
“After examining John, the doctors at Walter Reed told us that John is getting the care he needs, and will soon be back to himself,” the statement asserted.
The hospital admission comes after Fetterman suffered a severe stroke on the campaign trail last year while running for office and an episode last week where he was sent to the hospital after having a dizzy spell. The New York Times admitted that Fetterman had mental health issues that were ongoing. The senator was discharged when it was reportedly determined there were no other indications of a stroke, seizure, or other severe medical condition.
JUST IN: Chief of Staff to @JohnFetterman says the senator “checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to receive treatment for clinical depression. While John has experienced depression off and on throughout his life, it only became severe in recent weeks” pic.twitter.com/q2UdLEuCHU
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) February 16, 2023
Fetterman now uses closed-captioned devices in order to communicate with others. He has a severe hearing disability which alarmingly causes him to hear what sounds like the voice of the teacher from the “Peanuts” cartoon when listening to people speak as well.
The senator’s wife expressed her pride in Fetterman for checking into the hospital to handle his depression.
“After what he’s been through in the past year, there’s probably no one who wanted to talk about his own health less than John,” Gisele Fetterman wrote on Twitter. “I’m so proud of him for asking for help and getting the care he needs.”
“This is a difficult time for our family, so please respect our privacy. For us, the kids come first. Take care of yourselves. Hold your loved ones close, you are not alone,” she said in a second tweet.
This is a difficult time for our family, so please respect our privacy. For us, the kids come first.
Take care of yourselves. Hold your loved ones close, you are not alone.❤️
— Gisele Barreto Fetterman (@giselefetterman) February 16, 2023
Fox News host Laura Ingraham and her guest, conservative activist Ned Ryun, blasted Gisele Fetterman on Thursday for pushing her husband to run for office despite his poor physical and mental health. Ryun compared Fetterman’s wife to Lady Macbeth, the Shakespearean character who manipulated her husband to achieve power.
“Before we let you go, what do you think of Gisele Fetterman, who pushed this poor man to run for Senate?” Ingraham asked Ryun. “Now he ends up in the hospital with clinical depression after already being hospitalized. I mean, is there a more twisted scenario than this, frankly cruel scenario than this?”
“It feels very much like a Lady Macbeth situation, in which, she’s very ambitious and she used her impaired husband as the vehicle to achieve some of her ambitions,” Ryun responded.
“It’s sickening and cruel,” Ingraham asserted.
“It is,” he replied.
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Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) expressed support for Fetterman checking himself into the hospital for his clinical depression.
“Heidi & I are lifting John up in prayer. Mental illness is real & serious, and I hope that he gets the care he needs. Regardless of which side of the political aisle you’re on, please respect his family’s request for privacy,” Cruz said on Thursday.
Heidi & I are lifting John up in prayer. Mental illness is real & serious, and I hope that he gets the care he needs.
Regardless of which side of the political aisle you’re on, please respect his family’s request for privacy. https://t.co/vNZUZl0LKY
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 16, 2023
A long line of Democrats sent out best wishes to Fetterman as he battles depression:
Seeking help is not an easy thing to do, let alone sharing it. In doing both, Senator Fetterman is showing his strength & helping break down the stigma of getting mental health treatment.
I'm sending my thoughts to him & his family, & commend John on getting the care he needs.
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) February 16, 2023
I admire Senator John Fetterman for openly seeking treatment for depression at Walter Reed.
Back in 2010, I was hospitalized for depression. I would not be alive, let alone in Congress, were it not for mental health care.
Millions of Americans are rooting for you, Senator.
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) February 16, 2023
John Fetterman has always been 100% true to himself and he has always been a fighter.
Seeing him take the time and get the care he needs will help so many others who are battling depression.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) February 16, 2023
Thinking about Senator Fetterman today.
Glad he is getting the support he needs at Walter Reed.
Proud he is being open about his struggle with depression and hoping it encourages others to seek help who need it.
Stay strong, John. We are with you.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 16, 2023
Sending healing thoughts to Sen. Fetterman. He is setting an incredibly brave example by talking about his mental health. We need to end the stigma and talk openly about issues like depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges. https://t.co/LVQOwg65oD
— Congressman Chuy García (@RepChuyGarcia) February 17, 2023
Millions of Americans struggle with their mental health. I am proud of @SenFettermanPA for getting the help he needs and for publicly acknowledging his challenges to break down the stigma for others. Terese and I are sending our prayers to John, Gisele, and the Fetterman family.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) February 16, 2023
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