The GOP has an enemy in Pennsylvania. It's John Fetterman.
The U.S. senator from Pennsylvania is known for his casual attire, typically wearing hoodies, Carhartt shirts and athletic shorts. It's driving Republicans insane as they're facing much larger issues.
Nothing riles up the Republican Party like U.S. Sen. John Fetterman.
The Pennsylvania Democrat, who seems to have made significant progress following a stroke last year, continues to antagonize his GOP colleagues with snarky jabs, unrivaled social media content and, of course, his clothing choices.
The GOP, meanwhile, is scrambling to prevent a government shutdown while facing its own image issues, such as recent footage of Rep. Lauren Boebert vaping and groping a man at a showing of “Beetlejuice.”
But those athletic shorts he wears? That’s where they draw the line. And it drives them absolutely insane.
Most recently, Fetterman experienced a personal victory after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced earlier this week the Senate dress code would no longer be enforced after years of being in place.
The announcement immediately prompted a massive backlash from Republicans.
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Forty-six Republicans drafted a letter demanding the dress code be reinstated, with Sen. Bill Hagerty accusing Democrats of trying to “transform America, to take us to a place that is much less respectful than we historically have been,” the Hill reported.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is not exactly the poster child of decency, went on to call the decision “disgraceful” on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“The Senate no longer enforcing a dress code for Senators to appease Fetterman is disgraceful,” Greene said. “Dress code is one of society’s standards that set etiquette and respect for our institutions. Stop lowering the bar!”
Fetterman, in one of his typical humorous rebuttals, responded by making references to Greene’s decision to display explicit pictures of Hunter Biden at a recent House Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing.
The responses from Republicans prompt a couple different questions. For one, what is in the water supply that is causing these delusions?
Better yet, who the hell really cares what someone wears as long as they are properly representing the interests of their constituents?
The backlash and subsequent attacks on Fetterman come as Republicans fail to agree on spending proposals that would avoid a government shutdown at midnight on Sept. 30.
Lawmakers must approve legislation in both chambers by then to keep the government funded and running, but House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has been unable to whip up enough votes in the GOP-controlled chamber.
Any Republican spending proposals would face an uphill battle in the Democrat-controlled Senate, and the GOP in the meantime can’t even agree on defense spending — something that typically doesn’t pose much of an issue within the party.
Far-right Republicans have launched their own intra-party attacks, threatening to oust McCarthy as speaker in response to the disarray of the party.
The debacle is yet another example of misguided priorities in the Republican Party.
Budgetary matters aside, they have failed to in any way address systemic issues facing the country such as gun violence, rampant discrimination and economic inequality.
It’s not that they’re struggling to agree on solutions. It’s that they just don’t care.
But as people continue to die, the rich get richer and the government approaches a standstill, they’d rather focus on the man wearing comfortable clothes instead of expensive suits on the Senate floor.
Fetterman may have his flaws. But he also exhibits a desire to focus on issues facing his constituents while treating partisan hackery as nothing more than just that.
Luckily, he was willing to extend an olive branch to reach an agreement with his colleagues across the isle in a Wednesday statement.
"If those jagoffs in the House stop trying to shut our government down, and fully support Ukraine, then I will save democracy by wearing a suit on the Senate floor next week," Fetterman said.