Fetterman: Americans Aren’t Sending ‘Best And Brightest’ To DC

U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA), who suffered a near-fatal stroke while campaigning last year, has continued to fuel concerns about his ability to serve in Congress due to a series of largely unintelligible public statements.

He also spent weeks away from the Senate while undergoing treatment for severe depression and was at the center of a recent debate over the chamber’s dress code due to his penchant for dressing in casual attire such as hooded sweatshirts and basketball shorts.

When the Pennsylvania Democrat sat down with “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert this week, he sparked even more criticism when he complained that American voters are “not sending their best and brightest” to represent them in D.C.

Fetterman claimed that it was “scary” to think about the types of people currently serving in positions of power within the U.S. government.

From the context of his remarks, it appeared that he was not referring to his own cognitive and policy-based shortcomings but instead denigrating the qualifications of his political rivals. Such an apparent inability to assess his own competence inspired widespread social media mockery.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, for example, wrote: “Fetterman speaks the truth. He’s unaware of it, but he embodies the very truth he speaks. This could have been a skit on SNL. But it was a rare funny moment on Colbert.”

Chaya Raichik, who started the popular “Libs of TikTok” account, asked whether the senator “owns a mirror.”

Prominent biochemist Robert Malone declared the death of both “comedy and irony” in response to the clip.

For her part, journalist Anya Parampil took aim at Fetterman’s sloppy fashion sense.

“Not sending their best dressed, either!” she wrote of the senator, who was clad in his familiar hoodie during the televised interview.

A subsequent post from Fetterman, however, left open the possibility that he had been referring to himself when he made the comment to Colbert. In response to a critical post from the Republican National Committee, he replied with a clip from “The Simpsons” that declares: “That’s the joke.”

Of course, Fetterman spokesperson Joe Calvello dismissed any such explanation with his own reply to the RNC post.

“Yes, he’s talking about your dumba—,” Calvello responded.