People in glass houses! Slovenly Pennsylvania Dem. Senator John Fetterman slams American


Senator John Fetterman of Pennsylvania, who has inspired ridicule and changes in policy over his notoriously casual attire in Congress, said Wednesday that American voters are not ‘sending their best and brightest’ to Washington.

Fetterman, wearing his trademark hooded sweatshirt and shorts on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, didn’t mince words when the CBS liberal host asked him if he was glad the Senate wasn’t the most dysfunctional branch of government.

‘It’s a low bar,’ cracked Fetterman, who was using a second screen to caption after suffering a debilitating stroke that has led critics to accuse of him seeming incoherent, and conspiracy theorists of saying he has a body double.

He saved his harshest criticism seemingly for Republicans who he felt held the government at risk of shutdown. 

‘You all need to know that Americans are not sending their best and brightest to Washington DC,’ the Senator said. ‘Sometimes you literally just can’t believe these people are making the decisions that are determining the government here, it’s actually scary.’

Senator John Fetterman of Pennsylvania, who has inspired ridicule and changes in policy over his notoriously casual attire in Congress, said Wednesday that American voters are not 'sending their best and brightest' to Washington

Senator John Fetterman of Pennsylvania, who has inspired ridicule and changes in policy over his notoriously casual attire in Congress, said Wednesday that American voters are not ‘sending their best and brightest’ to Washington

‘I always tell people, don’t worry, please don’t worry. It’s much worse than you think.’ 

Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer relaxed the chamber’s dress code in September, something Fetterman – who dressed down while presiding over the Senate to jokes from colleagues – told Colbert he ‘never asked for.’

‘When I knew that this was gonna’ be announced I was like, oh boy, here it comes,’ he said. ‘But I was really strike by… ‘oh my God, the world is gonna burn because he’s gonna’ wear a hoodie on the floor!’ 

Colbert, as a joke, presented Fetterman with a tuxedo t-shirt so that the Senator could be formal and casual at the same time. 

Fetterman has previously been forced to vote from the wings after refusing to dress appropriately. He said the clothes made him feel more comfortable and he had received goodwill following treatment for depression earlier this year. 

He discussed his mental health and recovery from the stroke with Colbert as well, attempting to hit back at people who have found him incoherent at times, including at a heavily-hyped debate with opponent Dr. Mehmet Oz

‘The better I get, the sad Fox News becomes, because they love… every word I miss was like candy for Fox News. They even started thinking, there’s a conspiracy that I have a body double now.’ 

Schumer’s dress code rule change – which applies to Senators and not staff – now means the 54-year-old self-confessed ‘slob’ is free to wear whatever he likes on the Senate floor.

Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer relaxed the chamber's dress code in September, something Fetterman - who dressed down while presiding over the Senate to jokes from colleagues - told Colbert he 'never asked for'

Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer relaxed the chamber’s dress code in September, something Fetterman – who dressed down while presiding over the Senate to jokes from colleagues – told Colbert he ‘never asked for’

Since Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer decided to drop the ‘business’ dress code, Fetterman has taken it quite literally

On Wednesday Fetterman offered to 'save democracy' as he has vowed to wear a suit on the Senate floor next week, but only if House Republicans 'stop trying to shut our government down'

On Wednesday Fetterman offered to ‘save democracy’ as he has vowed to wear a suit on the Senate floor next week, but only if House Republicans ‘stop trying to shut our government down’

Schumer has said that he will continue to sport a suit, despite his prerogative to change the dress code

Schumer has said that he will continue to sport a suit, despite his prerogative to change the dress code

The move has infuriated Republicans who believe that the Democrats are debasing the hallowed institution.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine joked: ‘I plan to wear a bikini tomorrow.’ 

Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall said it’s a ‘sad day in the Senate’ and that the people who Fetterman and Schumer represent should be embarrassed.

‘I represent the people of Kansas, and much like when I get dressed up to go to a wedding, it’s to honor the bride and groom, you go to a funeral you get dressed up to honor the family of the deceased,’ Marshall said. Senators should have a certain level of decorum, the Republican added. 

Fetterman previously made light of the controversy as he offered to ‘save democracy’ by wearing a suit next week – but only if Republicans ‘stop trying to shut our government down’.

Schumer later clarified in a statement that senators can now choose their attire on the Senate floor, though he said he personally intended to continue wearing a suit. 

As he went along with the joke, Fetterman took to X and posted: 'Senator Guy Incognito (D-PA),' as he referred to a plot line in The Simpsons where the character learns he has a mustachioed doppelganger

As he went along with the joke, Fetterman took to X and posted: ‘Senator Guy Incognito (D-PA),’ as he referred to a plot line in The Simpsons where the character learns he has a mustachioed doppelganger

He has still managed to have a bit of fun with the backlash he's gotten as he's added to the conspiracy that his body double is Homer Simpson

He has still managed to have a bit of fun with the backlash he’s gotten as he’s added to the conspiracy that his body double is Homer Simpson

‘There has been an informal dress code that was enforced,’ Schumer said in a statement. ‘Senators are able to choose what they wear on the Senate floor. I will continue to wear a suit.’ 

It’s unclear if the rules for more formal attire were actually written down anywhere, but Schumer´s directive means that staff will no longer scold senators for their choice of clothing or ask them to vote from the doorway. 

Schumer has said that he will continue to sport a suit, despite his prerogative to change the dress code, but Fetterman has clearly taken this change seriously. 

He has still managed to have a bit of fun with the backlash he’s gotten as he’s added to the conspiracy that his body double is Homer Simpson. 

As he went along with the joke, Fetterman took to X and posted: ‘Senator Guy Incognito (D-PA),’ as he referred to a plot line in The Simpsons where the character learns he has a mustachioed doppleganger.

Fetterman also took to the Senate floor in casual clothing on Monday night and made sure to avoid any cameras that could give away his new fashion sense

Fetterman also took to the Senate floor in casual clothing on Monday night and made sure to avoid any cameras that could give away his new fashion sense

Other members of the Senate have gone on to mock him for his lax clothing choices, like Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine who said: 'I plan to wear a bikini tomorrow to the Senate floor'

Other members of the Senate have gone on to mock him for his lax clothing choices, like Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine who said: ‘I plan to wear a bikini tomorrow to the Senate floor’

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota took advantage of the new dress code to wear black pants, running shoes and a casual jacket; she talks to Senator Mitt Romney on the Senate floor Monday night

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota took advantage of the new dress code to wear black pants, running shoes and a casual jacket; she talks to Senator Mitt Romney on the Senate floor Monday night

In the past, if a Senator was not meeting dress code requirements, they would have had to shout ‘Aye’ or ‘Nay’ from the doorway to make it clear that they couldn’t be visible to the cameras. 

Though many have not listened to the change in rules, some have decided to join in on the casualness with Fetterman. 

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar – traveling from Minnesota – and Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski – traveling from Alaska – wore black pants, running shoes and casual shirts on Monday. 



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