Footage of Fetterman Arriving at Senate for First Time in Two Months Raises Eyebrows


Pennsylvania Sen. John  Fetterman returned to Capitol Hill on Monday after a two-month absence to receive treatment for depression.

That’s good news, but distracting from that (for some people, at least) was what he wore to the Senate building on his first day back.

Fetterman largely ignored questions shouted at him by reporters who were present to welcome him back to work.

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“How are you feeling, senator?” one yelled at him. “Senator, are you confident you can serve your full six years?” asked another.

“It’s great to be back,” was his only response.

A number of social media users focused on his attire, rather than his mental health or fitness to serve in the Senate.

Breitbart writer Wendell Husebo’s response was typical:

In addition to being typical in its attitude, it was also typical in its inaccuracy: A dress code exists for the Senate floor, but each senator sets the dress code for his or her individual office. But there’s no question that his clothing choice raised eyebrows.

Fetterman appears to have changed into a suit and tie, in full compliance with the dress code, prior to entering the Senate chamber, according to a photograph tweeted by Philadelphia Inquirer politics reporter Julia Terruso.

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Other Twitter users stayed on safer rhetorical ground by focusing on the appropriateness of Fetterman’s attire over misplaced accusations of dress code violations.

According to a statement on his website, Fetterman on Wednesday will chair his first subcommittee hearing, on the federal food stamp program.

“Sen. Fetterman on Wednesday will chair his first subcommittee hearing in the Subcommittee on Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics, and Research for a hearing will focus specifically on SNAP and the critical assistance it provides to working families through the upcoming Farm Bill,” the statement said.

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George Upper is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Western Journal and was a weekly co-host of "WJ Live," powered by The Western Journal. He is currently a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. A former U.S. Army special operator, teacher and consultant, he is a lifetime member of the NRA and an active volunteer leader in his church. Born in Foxborough, Massachusetts, he has lived most of his life in central North Carolina.
George Upper, is the former editor-in-chief of The Western Journal and is now a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. He currently serves as the connections pastor at Awestruck Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a former U.S. Army special operator, teacher, manager and consultant. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated from Foxborough High School before joining the Army and spending most of the next three years at Fort Bragg. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English as well as a Master's in Business Administration, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He and his wife life only a short drive from his three children, their spouses and his grandchildren. He is a lifetime member of the NRA and in his spare time he shoots, reads a lot of Lawrence Block and John D. MacDonald, and watches Bruce Campbell movies. He is a fan of individual freedom, Tommy Bahama, fine-point G-2 pens and the Oxford comma.
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