When John Fetterman had a stroke in the middle of his campaign for the U.S. Senate, he very clearly became incapacitated. For weeks he was unable to campaign in any way, and when he returned to campaigning, he displayed speaking, memory, hearing, and cognitive deficits.
It is now apparent to everyone that he suffered severe brain damage from that stroke, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the rest of the Senate Democrats and their “news” mafia allies knew it at the time and covered it up.
They also knew that after a stroke of that kind of severity, the patient needs to rest and convalesce for about six months in order to heal and try to minimize the damage. But they needed to win that Pennsylvania seat to win control of the Senate, and they calculated that John Fetterman gave them their best chance to do that.
So, they had a choice: Do right by John Fetterman by letting withdraw from the race and get the rest and convalescence he needed to avoid permanent brain damage or keep him in the race at the cost of his long-term health in order to try to win a seat that could give them a two-year majority in the Senate.
We all know the choice they made.
To pull it off, they all covered up the full extent of Fetterman’s post-stroke brain damage enough to con the voters of Pennsylvania into thinking he was fit to serve.
We don’t know whether John Fetterman has had the mental capacity since his stroke to make responsible health choices for himself, but Senator Schumer and the rest of his caucus certainly have. But none of them cared a whit about John Fetterman’s long-term mental and physical health. Not when there was a Senate seat and 730 days of power to be had.
So, with the help of their “news” media accomplices, Senator Schumer and his fellow Democrat senators covered up just how badly injured John Fetterman was, and they created and promoted the fraudulent narrative that he was perfectly competent and capable of serving and that his continuing to campaign was noble and heroic.
Apparently they even convinced Fetterman himself of that. If you’re going to exploit a man with severe brain damage for political gain, you might as well take it all the way, right?
Trusting in that deceitful narrative, the people of Pennsylvania elected John Fetterman and handed the Democrats the majority control of the Senate they so slavishly coveted.
Well, since the day in early January that John Fetterman was sworn in to the Senate, the whole world has seen what Sen. Schumer and his fellow Senate Democrats and their “news” mafia accomplices knew all along: He is very badly injured from his stroke and nowhere near competent to handle the rigors of public service in a high-profile federal office.
Fetterman has to use a newly-installed monitor at his seat and on the dais in order to follow Senate proceedings. He has to carry a portable closed-captioning device because he cannot understand speech clearly. He says that it often sounds like the muffled voices of the teachers on the old Peanuts cartoons. During the campaign, he showed difficulty understanding questions and maintaining focus, and he has shown no indication that these problems have diminished.
In fact, his problems, predictably, appear to have worsened. Last week, Fetterman had to go to the hospital due to “lightheadedness.” And Wednesday night, he checked himself into Walter Reed for clinical depression (according to the official statement from his office).
All of this in just his first seven weeks in office.
Sen. Schumer, his fellow Democrat senators, and their “news” media allies all knew that during the six months after his stroke he needed to rest and convalesce in order to properly heal and minimize any permanent damage to his brain. But they all made sure that he did the exact opposite, and they are all now responsible for the result that we are now witnessing – a result that they all knew, but didn’t care, was inevitable.
Well, now everyone knows, so where does that leave us as a humane and compassionate country? Let’s start by calling on Sen. Schumer and his fellow Democrat Senators to tell John Fetterman to immediately resign his seat and go home and convalesce – like they should have done after his stroke last May.
Let’s tell them that now that we all know the truth about how sick and injured this man is, we demand that they put basic humanity ahead of politics and stop exploiting him. Besides, they already got the seat they needed, and if Mr. Fetterman resigns his seat, the Democrat governor of Pennsylvania will appoint his successor. So now there’s no political cost to doing what they should have done out of basic human decency in the first place.
Not one of them has yet called on him to go home and take care of himself. In fact, many have run to their “news” media allies’ microphones to praise him for having the courage to seek help for his depression while continuing in office.
Like I said above, this is about basic human decency. John Fetterman is badly injured and sick, and everyone in this country who is watching now knows it. He needs to resign, not for the sake of his state or country (although he clearly is not fit to represent them), but for the sake of his own wellbeing. It is time that the leaders of his party finally start making that their priority as well.