Report: Senators Trying to Adjust to Fetterman’s ‘Special Needs,’ He Hears Voices That Sound Like Charlie Brown’s Teacher

A new report indicates Senator John Fetterman is struggling to adapt to life in the Senate as he adjusts to auditory issues since suffering a stroke that causes him to hear voices that sound like the teacher in the "Peanuts" cartoons.
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A new report indicates Senator John Fetterman is struggling to adapt to life in the Senate as he adjusts to auditory issues since suffering a stroke back in May causing him to hear voices that sound like the teacher in the “Peanuts” cartoons.

The in-depth description of Fetterman’s current struggles comes via the New York Times and casts doubt on the Pennsylvania Democrat’s past assertions that he could “serve effectively” if elected.

It also comes after Fetterman has remained hospitalized for two nights since an incident in which he was feeling “light-headed.”

The Times goes into significant detail on how colleagues and the sergeant-at-arms have gone to great lengths to aid an ailing senator who has found the transition into the chamber “extraordinarily challenging” due to”strains of his recovery, which left him with a physical impairment and serious mental health challenges.”

It’s almost as if the media is finally prepared to talk about the many issues Fetterman suffers from now that the election has been secured.

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Fetterman Hears Voices Like the Teacher in “Peanuts”

The physical impairment mentioned by the New York Times that Fetterman contends with is an auditory processing issue that forces him to rely on tablets or screens to transcribe what is being said to him.

There is a monitor at his desk that adjusts to whether he is standing or sitting, there is a custom desk at the center-dais with a similar monitor, and there is a live audio-to-text transcription service for committee hearings.

He needs these things, according to the report, because at times listening to people is as difficult for Fetterman as “trying to make out the muffled voice of the teacher in the ‘Peanuts’ cartoon, whose words could never be deciphered.”

The New York Times goes on to describe how Senate colleagues have had to adjust to Fetterman’s “special needs.”

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) experimented with the tablet used to transcribe voices for her colleague and suggested others would “have to learn our own styles with it.”

Representative Marie Gluesenkamp Pérez (D-WA) was initially confused why he had to use a tablet for “small talk” but indicated it worked rather seamlessly.

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Everyone Knew He Had Issues

The New York Times report is rather striking when you consider that Democrats did their best to keep Fetterman’s health concerns under wraps prior to his election to the Senate this past November.

One reporter – NBC News’ Dasha Burns – who dared to admit he couldn’t understand speech and needed transcripts to aid him in that regard was heavily rebuked by Democrats and even her media cohorts.

“In small talk before the interview without captioning, it wasn’t clear he was understanding our conversation,” Burns reported months ago.

Burns had the daggers turned on her, even being insulted by fellow reporters as being the one who’s bad at ‘small talk’ while others suggested she was increasing the chances of violence against the disabled.

Now the media finally feels free to admit that Fetterman has “special needs” and is basically hearing the teacher from “Peanuts” when he speaks to his colleagues.

The New York Times also points out that Fetterman is unable to speak with journalists in the hallways of the Capitol, something most lawmakers partake in, and he needs a team of staffers to make sure his technological aids are working properly.

He is not fit to serve in Congress. He needs rest and recovery time. those close to him who are forcing him to serve in the Senate should be ashamed of the abuse they are actively engaged in.

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