Fetterman checks into hospital for clinical depression, wife called ‘cruel’ for goading him into running

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.

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.

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.

A long line of Democrats sent out best wishes to Fetterman as he battles depression:

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