Fetterman’s mental health has been subject of debate since before he was elected. His massive stroke and physical impairments are major red flags.
And John Fetterman’s Fox News interview sends Democrats into damage control.
Sen. John Fetterman, the Democrat from Pennsylvania famous for wearing gym shorts and a hoodie throughout the halls of Congress, indicated last year in a radio interview uncovered by Fox News that if elected, he would obey the Senate dress code.
Before becoming another Washington, D.C. politician, Fetterman reportedly told the Big K Morning Show on the campaign trail in early October 2022 that he would “only wear what you’re supposed to wear” in terms of dress code.
“It’s really not about what I’m wearing, and if anyone that’s listening prefers somebody that dresses like a real person, or somebody that lives, excuse me, that wears a $5,000 fancy suit, then that’s really up to somebody,” he said.
“You can make your own conclusion.”
Since taking office in January, Fetterman’s unorthodox wardrobe choices have drawn attention. The member rarely adheres to the Senate dress code, making him stand out in a gathering of politicians dressed in the standard work wear routine.
He allegedly found a way around the legislative body’s dress code requirements by voting from the Democratic cloakroom doorway or the side entrance.
But that could all change now that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has asked the Senate’s sergeant-at-arms to stop enforcing a dress code for Senators, just months after Fetterman made headlines for breaking the rules.
“Senators are able to choose what they wear on the Senate floor,” Schumer said. “I will continue to wear a suit.”
The new regulation solely applies to MPs and does not apply to employees or guests.
The decision to modify the chamber’s clothing code was replicated in the House and Senate, with some Republicans dubbing it “The Fetterman Rule.” Some even made outrageous wardrobe suggestions in joke, while others complained about the transition or stated that they were unconcerned.
If Republicans reclaim the Senate, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was asked if he would reinstate the old rules.
“I think I’m pretty safe in saying most, if not all, Republican senators think we ought to dress up to go to work,” McConnell reportedly said.
“So I can’t imagine that we’re going to be wearing jeans on the Senate floor anytime soon.”
During an interview on MSNBC, Fetterman responded to the outrage.
“I’ve heard that some people are upset about that, and the Right have been like losing their mind,” he told host Chris Hayes.
“You know, they’re just like, ‘Oh my god, you know, dogs and cats are living together.’ And you know, like I said, aren’t there more important things we should be talking about rather than if I dress like a slob?”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 19, 2023
In a Fox News Digital interview on Monday, Fetterman said something similar, adding that he thinks Republican lawmakers’ indignation is “a good thing.”
Stay tuned to The Federalist Wire.