The Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate has moved to lower the standards of traditional decorum by no longer enforcing a dress code for elected lawmakers, a change that will allow one of the party’s biggest stars, Senator John Fetterman (D-Pa.) to continue to show up for work looking like a slob.
On Sunday, Axios reported that Senate Majority Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) “quietly” directed the Senate Sergeant at Arms to back off on enforcement of the dress code, good news for the hulking tattooed everyman whose standard business attire sometimes resembles garb that could belong to a homeless person who lives behind a dumpster, but bad news for staffers who will still be required to dress formally.
“The updated rule will go into effect this week, according to a Senate official. The change applies only to senators — staff members will still be required to follow the old dress code,” Axios reported.
Fox News Senior Congressional Correspondent Chad Pergram confirmed the relaxing of the upper chamber’s fashion requirements.
“Fox confirms that the Senate will no longer enforce a dress code for senators. Senators can now what ever they want. However, others entering the chamber must comply with the dress code. Coats/ties for men. Business attire for women,” Pergram posted to X, previously known as Twitter.
Fox confirms that the Senate will no longer enforce a dress code for senators. Senators can now what ever they want. However, others entering the chamber must comply with the dress code. Coats/ties for men. Business attire for women
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 17, 2023
“Senators are able to choose what they wear on the Senate floor. I will continue to wear a suit,” Schumer said in a statement to Axios.
Reactions to Schumer’s move to accommodate the needs of one very special senator were as brutal as could be expected as criticism broke out on X.
“Slobs of the world unite!” Laura Ingraham of Fox News said.
Slobs of the world unite!
Schumer ditches the Senate’s dress code https://t.co/IVOZmuLz0m
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 17, 2023
“The Senate no longer enforcing a dress code for Senators to appease Fetterman is disgraceful,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-Ga.A) tweeted.
Dress code is one of society’s standards that set etiquette and respect for our institutions. Stop lowering the bar!”
The Senate no longer enforcing a dress code for Senators to appease Fetterman is disgraceful.
Dress code is one of society’s standards that set etiquette and respect for our institutions.
Stop lowering the bar!
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) September 17, 2023
“This is pathetic. Grow up and put on a suit,” wrote conservative commentator Megyn Kelly.
This is pathetic. Grow up and put on a suit. https://t.co/BFphY1egWQ
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) September 17, 2023
More reactions to the debasement of the entire history of the upper chamber so one uncouth galoot can continue to wear his hoodies and grungy gym shorts on the job:
So let me get this straight. The entire senate is jettisoning its storied history and debasing itself before the world to accommodate the slovenliness of one man, John Fetterman? Will a single Senator object to this humiliation? https://t.co/d8FNJyKuoq
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) September 17, 2023
So, Fetterman can dress in his usual homeless man outfit on the Senate floor. Got it. And we wonder why our enemies laugh at us… https://t.co/nD4S5ficUD
— Rep. John Block (@RepBlock) September 17, 2023
The Senate no longer has a dress code. You can now wear stinky, nylon gym shorts and hoodies.
Done, to appease freak Fetterman.
Dems have ZERO moral code!
— ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) September 17, 2023
And Democrats lower the bar for the laziest person in the room yet again.
Now our Representatives get to dress as slobs while they run the most powerful country on earth because some lumbering lurch is too stupid to change out of gym shorts. https://t.co/W7P2fEvF9P
— The Dank Knight (@capeandcowell) September 17, 2023
Thinking back to October when Fetterman’s campaign said he was cleared to perform all of his senatorial duties and was up to task. Now it’s change the entire rules of the Senate because he’s sad if he doesn’t get to wear the clothes he wants.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 17, 2023
When your team can’t even meet the minimum standards, lower the minimum standards. https://t.co/Qt1kMdGfCX
— Fusilli Spock (@awstar11) September 17, 2023
The world’s greatest deliberative body – now coming to you in basketball shorts and flip flops. https://t.co/GFUbEJjkuW
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) September 17, 2023
Heritage Foundation Vice President of Government Relations Clint Brown offered up some important perspective:
Future Senators will be wearing sweats and leggings on the Senate Floor. This matters, let me tell you why.
The Senate is leading by example in engaging in the decivilization that is progressivism. What is civilization but standards we expect everyone to uphold?
This is… https://t.co/0qZ5JqcVYl
— Clint Brown (@DissidentClint) September 17, 2023
“Future Senators will be wearing sweats and leggings on the Senate Floor. This matters, let me tell you why. The Senate is leading by example in engaging in the decivilization that is progressivism. What is civilization but standards we expect everyone to uphold?” Brown wrote on X.
“This is especially important for our leaders — our House of Lords. We should hold them to a higher standard since we place them in an elite position. When standards are lowered to accommodate those who won’t uphold them, we lose a bit of civilization. It’s even more detrimental when standards are lowered in the institution meant to hold our civilization together,” he stated. “Look around you and compare to the world of 10 or 20 years ago. We are decivilizing at a rapid rate. Seemingly small decisions like this are an accelerant.”
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