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Video: NBC News Admits Democrat John Fetterman Can’t Understand Speech, Needs Transcripts

Shocking video clips from an interview between NBC News’ Dasha Burns and John Fetterman show the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate needing assistance from a transcription program to understand the questions being asked of him face-to-face by the reporter. 

The videos call into question Fetterman’s mental capabilities following a stroke he suffered back in May.

NBC anchor Lester Holt introduced the segment in which he points out that Burns’ interview with Fetterman “was not a typical candidate interview.”

“No Lester, 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.”

And yet, somehow this Senate race is close.

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John Fetterman’s NBC Interview Raises Questions About His Mental Fitness

NBC News reporter Dasha Burns hit Democrat John Fetterman with a question about his mental stamina right out of the gate, asking whether voters can “trust that you will be able to do this job on day one.”

Fetterman pauses to read the question off of the computer screen before responding, “Yeah, of course.”

The candidate for Senate explained why the transcription program is a necessity.

“That auditory processing where I’ll hear someone speaking but sometimes it’ll be precise on what exactly that they’re saying. I use captioning,” he said.

Yea, and President Biden’s inability to understand what day of the week it is is due to a stutter.

Another clip from the interview shows it isn’t exclusively ‘auditory processing’ that is the problem, as Fetterman stumbles over the pronunciation of the word ’empathetic.’

Burns pointed out that Fetterman has “declined” requests to see his medical records.

Fetterman pointed to a letter from his physician “saying that I’m able to serve and to be running,” but Burns countered that the public deserves a more recent assessment.

“I mean, respectfully that letter from your physician, that was six months ago. Don’t voters deserve to know your status now?” she replied.

RELATED: Report: Democrat John Fetterman’s Brother Tased Man in Front of His ‘Physically Challenged’ Son During Road Rage Incident

Will Need Assistance During the Debate

NBC’s Dasha Burns also revealed that John Fetterman will be using the closed captioning computer program to assist him during a debate with his opponent, Republican candidate Mehmet Oz, scheduled for later this month.

“Fetterman told us he’s committed to debating Dr. Oz on October 25th, where he will also be using closed captioning,” she reported.

A Washington Post editorial last month voiced concerns over Fetterman’s health and said the Pennsylvania Democrat candidate has an obligation to be transparent with his current medical condition.

“Mr. Fetterman acknowledges his difficulties with auditory processing, which make it hard for him to respond quickly to what he’s hearing,” the Post wrote.

“He receives speech therapy — and we wish him a speedy, full recovery — but the lingering, unanswered questions about his health, underscored by his hesitation to debate, are unsettling.”

Oz had initially challenged Fetterman to a series of five debates before the Democrat finally agreed to the late October one-off, a debate which will be held well after early voting is already underway in Pennsylvania.

Polls have shown the race between Oz and Fetterman getting tighter in recent weeks. While still trailing, some outfits have Oz creeping closer to the margin of error just a month out from the midterm election.

If Fetterman wins, it’d be difficult to view Pennsylvania as a swing state going forward. If voters are willing to put this unwell man in the Senate, they’ll put any Democrat in office no matter the circumstances.

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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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