Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) won his election in November, took office as a senator, then six weeks later admitted himself to a hospital for depression therapy. The 53-year-old had suffered a severe stroke during the summer, which had left him with severely impaired hearing and brain function.
He was absent for one and a half months. How is he doing now? The video footage from last week suggests that things are not looking well.
However, Fetterman is said to be performing well by the Associated Press, a long-standing neutral news organization that has recently leaned heavily to the Left.
“After a six week period of inpatient care at Walter Reed Military Hospital, where his clinical depressive disorder had been treated with medications and during which he was fitted for a pair of hearing aids for his hearing loss that had made it difficult for him to communicate with others, people closest to Fetterman say his comfortable and relaxed style is an indication that the senator continues to make a robust recovery,” the AP reported.
The 6-foot-8 Fetterman’s decision to wear sweatshirts and shorts in the Senate, despite the fact that male senators are typically required to dress in a jacket and tie on the Senate floor, led the wire agency to draw that conclusion.
However, Fetterman is exempt from the regulations. He often uses the side entryway or the doorway to the Democrat cloakroom to cast his ballot. And when he isn’t on the Senate floor, as last week when he participated in a news conference with four Democratic colleagues dressed in suits, he wears sweatshirts and shorts.
There isn’t an official dress code in place for Congress. Although, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), who was the House Speaker at the time, kindly reminded members in 2017 that they “should wear appropriate professional attire throughout all sessions of the House, however, brief their time on the floor may be,” according to Glamour.
Of course, Democrats have no problem with Fetterman disobeying the dress code.
Senator Peter Welch (D-VT) jokingly told the AP that “he is creating a new dress code. He was having trouble. He has now become a cheerful guy to be around.”
However, others claim that the rules are still the rules.
Tim Young, a Republican comedian, said on Twitter that “John Fetterman’s clothing in the Senate perfectly illustrates Democrats’ lack of respect for Americans as well as our institutions.”
“He had good health. According to the doctor’s note, he was able to fulfill all of his work duties regularly throughout the campaign. Now, he has to be supported and permitted to put on a sweatshirt and workout shorts, or else he may relapse into a life of debilitating sadness,” writes contributing editor Stephen L. Miller for the Spectator. “This is the way you treat a five-year-old, by the way.”