Democrat Senator John Fetterman has been hospitalized, according to a statement by his office, for feeling “lightheaded” at the Democratic Party retreat.
Fetterman, who suffered a stroke on the campaign trail in 2022, did not suffer another stroke, per his communication director Joe Cavello.
Cavello said, “Towards the end of the Senate Democratic retreat today, Senator John Fetterman began feeling lightheaded. He left and called his staff, who picked him up and drove him to The George Washington University Hospital. Initial tests did not show evidence of a new stroke, but doctors are running more tests and John is remaining overnight for observation. He is in good spirits and talking with his staff and family. We will provide more information when we have it.”
BREAKING: Senator John Fetterman has been hospitalized after “feeling lightheaded” during D.C. retreat for Senate Democrats and will remain overnight for observation. pic.twitter.com/fAqmJOPv50
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) February 9, 2023
After suffering a stroke during his campaign, Fetterman later stated that he “hadn’t been feeling well, but was so focused on the campaign that I ignored the signs and just kept going … On Friday it finally caught up with me. I had a stroke that was caused by a clot from my heart being in an A-fib rhythm for too long.”
Since then, he has repeatedly appeared disoriented at public appearances, as well as mispronouncing words and confusing sentences.
After a nightmare of an interview with NBC Nightly News, journalist Dasha Burns was heavily criticized for pointing out how Fetterman’s stroke has impacted his ability to comprehend basic speech.
Not to mention, she called him out on why he will not provide medical records proving that he is fit to serve:
NBC: "We've asked for your medical records… you've declined. Why?"
Fetterman: "Our doctor has already given a record saying I'm ready to serve."
NBC: "That letter was six months ago. Don't voters deserve to know your status now?"
Fetterman: I do speeches and give interviews pic.twitter.com/5yDNvaeYdN
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 11, 2022
Burns also revealed that he needed a closed captioning system during their interview, which took place in-person.
“Fetterman’s campaign required closed captioning technology for this interview to essentially read our questions as we asked them,” she said. “In small talk before the interview, without captioning, it wasn’t clear he was understanding our conversation.”
Is his health really good enough for him to be holding a public office position? A question many of us are asking about both Fetterman AND President Joe Biden.