Did John Fetterman say 'I celebrate the demise of Roe v Wade'? Confusion erupts on social media
Polls suggest Fetterman and Oz are neck-and-neck in the Senate race, but the Democrat hopeful has sparked concerns after a number of mangled answers
John Fetterman, the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate hopeful who is a stroke victim, reportedly appeared to flub his words again on the campaign trail -- this time saying he was against abortion. He allegedly made the comment during a campaign event Saturday, November 5, that was attended by both President Biden and former President Barack Obama, reported Daily Mail.
Fetterman, who has locked horns with his Republican opponent Dr Mehmet Oz for the Senate seat, was probably trying to say that the TV doctor "celebrates the demise of Roe v. Wade," but ended up declaring, "I celebrate the demise of Roe v. Wade," as per Daily Mail. Polls suggest Fetterman and Oz are neck-and-neck in the hard-fought race, but the Democrat hopeful has sparked concerns after a number of reportedly mangled answers, many of which have been attributed to his recovery from a May stroke.
FETTERMAN: “I run on Roe v. Wade. I celebrate the demise of Roe v. Wade.”— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 6, 2022
Social media erupted after a clip of Fetterman's latest gaffe went viral. While some joked at his expense, others slammed his critics as "dishonest." "The lights are on, but nobody's home," one quipped. "He said 'Oz celebrates the demise of roe vs wade' it’s pretty clear," a supporter contended. "Nope. Listened three times. He said "I" celebrate the demise...He is clearly a trooper but still struggling. Question is how much can he recover, especially with the pressure of being a candidate/potential senator. If he is elected suspect he’ll resign and let gov. appoint a sub," another said
The lights are on, but nobody's home.— Reasonable Doubt (@ReasonableDoub7) November 6, 2022
he said “oz celebrates the demise of roe vs wade” it’s pretty clear— Justin🚀👽🌹 (@justin4100) November 6, 2022
Nope. Listened three times. He said “I” celebrate the demise…— HalN (@HalN99) November 6, 2022
He is clearly a trooper but still struggling. Question is how much can he recover, especially with the pressure of being a candidate/potential senator. If he is elected suspect he’ll resign and let gov. appoint sub.
One user offering a defense of Fetterman said. "Hilarious how people hear what they want to hear. Listen again. You can hear the 'z' sound before he says celebrate. This is s cheap shot, and dishonest." "Look, I’m as Conservative as they come. I’m no fan of Fetterman. That being said, he VERY clearly said 'Oz celebrates…'" another added. However, many believed that the Democratic candidate wasn't fit to run for office. "I can’t believe the Democratic Party in Pennsylvania is running this guy. It’s an embarrassment," a comment read. "Why do democrats always run the worst possible candidates they can dig up?" another chimed in.
Hilarious how people hear what they want to hear. Listen again. You can hear the “z” sound before he says celebrate. This is s cheap shot, and dishonest.— Neal Jimenez (@NortonSpinell) November 6, 2022
Look, I’m as Conservative as they come. I’m no fan of Fetterman. That being said, he VERY clearly said “Oz celebrates…”.— Robert Bowlin 📚 (@robbowlin86) November 6, 2022
I can’t believe the Democratic Party in Pennsylvania is running this guy. It’s an embarrassment.— Muttley (@mrontsuj) November 6, 2022
Why do democrats always run the worst possible candidates they can dig up?— Blade McG IV (SCM) (@Blade___McG) November 6, 2022
This came after a televised debate last month in which Fetterman's reported performance only heightened concerns about his ability to hold political office. "Hi, goodnight everyone," Fetterman said at the start of the debate, before addressing questions about his health. "Let's also talk about the elephant in the room: I had a stroke. [Oz] never let me forget that."
Off to a bad start. Fetterman gets the first question and wishes everyone a "good night" at the top of his comments.— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) October 26, 2022
During his comments, Fetterman stammers and trails off, and appears incoherent at times. #PASenateDebate pic.twitter.com/mvn2kaS4iG
The candidate was, at one point, asked to clarify his position on fracking -- especially after the lieutenant governor had expressed broad opposition to the practice in a 2018 interview. "I do support fracking - I don't, I don't - I support fracking, and I do support fracking," he answered, leaving voters flummoxed.
“There is that 2018 interview that you said, ‘I don’t support fracking at all,’ so how do you square the two?”— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 6, 2022
JOHN FETTERMAN: “I do support fracking and I don’t, I don’t, I support fracking and I stand and I do support fracking.” #PASenpic.twitter.com/aJRDZVFU2x
Furthermore, Fetterman repeatedly declined to release his medical records to the public. "My doctor ultimately believes that I'm fit to be serving and that's what I believe," he declared.
Mod: "Why haven't you released your medical records?"— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 26, 2022
Fetterman: "My doctors believe I am ready to be served."
Mod: "Why won't you release the records?"
Fetterman: "My doctor believes I am fit to be serving and I believe that is where I am standing." pic.twitter.com/kTH88tPH0Q
Fetterman's campaign had tempered expectation in the lead-up to the debate, admitting beforehand that there would be "awkward pauses" and "delays and errors" as the Democrat would be relying on closed captioning in light of his auditory processing issue. When asked about small business owners who were concerned about raising the minimum wage, he responded, "We all have to make sure that everyone that works is able to- that's the most American bargain, that if you work full time you should be able to live in dignity is well true." He added, "We can't have businesses being subsidized by not paying individuals that just simply can't evade to pay their own way," reported Daily Mail.
Following the debate, a CNN panel of political pundits and lawmakers ripped Fetterman's performance. Former GOP congressman for Pennsylvania, Charlie Dent, said he was "astounded" and "stunned" by the performance. Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump's ex-communications director, Alyssa Farah Griffin. said it was "painful to watch." What's more? Even CNN star host Alisyn Camerota said she was disturbed by the spectacle. "I've interviewed him many times as lieutenant governor," she said. "And he sounds - he's sounded different before the stroke." She added, "In the interviews, he was much more, sort of, clear-spoken than what I'm hearing," reported Daily Mail.