According to a new report from the New York Times, newly-elected Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) is struggling to adapt to his new role in Washington as he recovers from a May 2022 stroke on the campaign trail, and he is even “hearing voices” that “sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher.”
The New York Times‘ report casts doubt on the Pennsylvania Senator’s assertions that he could “serve effectively” if elected, a claim also trumpeted by prominent Democrats such as Joe Biden throughout the 2022 midterm campaign.
The illuminating report also comes as Fetterman has been hospitalized for two nights since an incident in which he was feeling “light-headed.”
The Times goes into significant detail on the “extraordinarily challenging” transition into office for Fetterman, which has reportedly taken significant resources. According to the report, colleagues and aides have struggled to help Fetterman with the ”strains of his recovery, which left him with a physical impairment and serious mental health challenges.”
Perhaps the most frightening revelation printed in the Times’ article is the claim that Fetterman is even “hearing voices” that sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher from “Peanuts.” Quick video for reference:
The Political Insider reports:
The physical impairment mentioned by the New York Times that Fetterman contends with is an auditory processing issue that forces him to rely on tablets or screens to transcribe what is being said to him.
There is a monitor at his desk that adjusts to whether he is standing or sitting, there is a custom desk at the center-dais with a similar monitor, and there is a live audio-to-text transcription service for committee hearings.
He needs these things, according to the report, because at times listening to people is as difficult for Fetterman as “trying to make out the muffled voice of the teacher in the ‘Peanuts’ cartoon, whose words could never be deciphered.”
The New York Times goes on to describe how Senate colleagues have had to adjust to Fetterman’s “special needs.”
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) experimented with the tablet used to transcribe voices for her colleague and suggested others would “have to learn our own styles with it.”
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters during a press hearing that Biden believes Fetterman is “impressive, incredibly bright, talented.”