One Month Into His Term, Senator John Fetterman Hospitalized Overnight – Staff Say No Signs of Stroke
Senator John Fetterman of Pennsylvania was hospitalized overnight after reportedly feeling ‘lightheaded’ during a Democratic retreat, but doctors say initial testing provided no indications he had suffered another stroke.
“Towards the end of the Senate Democratic retreat today, Senator John Fetterman began feeling lightheaded,” a statement released by his office reads. “He left and called his staff, who picked him up and drove him to The George Washington University Hospital.”
His team is sure to note that early testing does not show any correlation between this event and the stroke he suffered back in May.
“Initial tests did not show evidence of a new stroke, but doctors are running more tests and John is remaining overnight for observation,” they report.
“He is in good spirits and talking with his staff and family.”
?Breaking: John Fetterman has been hospitalized after “feeling lightheaded” during D.C. retreat for Senate Democrats and will remain overnight in the hospital to check if he suffered another stroke. pic.twitter.com/USsFdTwwgH
— Real Mac Report (@RealMacReport) February 9, 2023
John Fetterman Hospitalized, Testing For Possible Stroke
The incident comes barely one month into his term as Senator and just three months following an election in which critics accused his campaign of trying to mask medical issues to get as much of the early vote in Pennsylvania as possible.
The statement from his office is also disconcerting.
They obviously mention the stroke knowing that will be the first question that pops into the mind of reporters. However, running more tests seems to indicate they’re jumping on top of that denial before all the information is in. Which is slightly suspect.
Not to mention, it’s quite a leap to go from feeling lightheaded – a common ailment for many people perhaps fatigued or dehydrated – to, ‘Well, at least he’s able to talk to his family.’
We absolutely wish Mr. Fetterman well and are praying for a quick recovery. That said, let’s not sugarcoat the situation – he’s probably less medically fit to serve in public office than even President Biden.
The Democrats do not care about the health of this man. They only want the Senate vote. https://t.co/e7DpXkruuh
— Philadelphia Patriot (@mcgarrityfamily) February 9, 2023
Not Fit For Duty
Shocking video from NBC News just one month ahead of the midterm elections showed Fetterman needing assistance from a transcription program to understand the questions being asked of him face-to-face by the reporter.
Speaking to anchor Lester Holt, reporter Dasha Burns expressed concerns over what she had observed.
“Because of his stroke Fetterman’s campaign required closed captioning technology for this interview to essentially read our questions as we asked them,” she responded.
“And Lester, in small talk before the interview without captioning, it wasn’t clear he was understanding our conversation.”
Pennsylvania Lt. Governor and Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman sat down with @DashaBurns in an exclusive interview using closed captioning.
Fetterman discussed his recovery after suffering a stroke in the primaries and his race against Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz. pic.twitter.com/0fee1cKXgY
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) October 11, 2022
Burns, though, was heavily criticized by his family and campaign for daring to call out the Pennsylvania Democrat’s inability to understand what was being said.
Her concerns came to fruition just weeks later when Fetterman competed in a debate that was widely considered painful to watch.
Fetterman opened the debate with a comment that should go down in the annals of all-time quotes: “Hi. Good night everybody.”
Fetterman opens the debate:
“Hi. Good night everybody.” pic.twitter.com/mg0X3Iwf5D
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 26, 2022
There were several other examples from the debate performance where it was clear Fetterman wasn’t understanding questions and/or couldn’t convey his thoughts in the answer.
John Fetterman can’t speak. This is disqualifying. Just watch. Answers like this are happening over and over again: pic.twitter.com/vnRQ0GMbtL
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 26, 2022
CNN reported at the time that nearly 640,000 pre-election votes had already been cast in Pennsylvania by the time voters got a chance to gauge Fetterman’s fitness to speak, let alone serve.
During President Biden’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday, the conversation turned to how households might deal financially with a medical emergency in their household.
C-Span’s cameras immediately cut to a view of Fetterman sitting in the crowd.
CSPAN cut to John Fetterman when Joe Biden started talking about what you would do if your spouse had a serious medical problem lmfao pic.twitter.com/b8qefWHlkh
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 8, 2023
It’s sad that Fetterman has been dragged into a Senate seat he’s clearly not healthy enough to hold.
Remember, it was his own wife who demanded “consequences” for Burns for daring to investigate and question medical concerns involving the Senator.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 14, 2022
Fetterman’s staff has said they “will provide more information when we have it.”
Hopefully, a full recovery is in the works and a clean bill of health to follow. In the meantime, his family and staff should reconsider forcing this man to continue in his role as Senator.
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