CJR Staff
July 30, 2023

Fetterman Recognizes Trump's 'Strength' in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, Democratic Senator John Fetterman acknowledges the lingering influence of former President Donald Trump, despite legal challenges.

During an interview, Fetterman was asked whether Trump's indictments would impact his political standing.

He responded, "It doesn’t matter. I’m a senator, and I’m not sure how many times he’s been indicted. He’s been impeached twice. Has that changed anything? You’re still seeing Trump signs everywhere in Pennsylvania. You have to respect his strength in all of that."

Fetterman Respects Trump

Fetterman also speculated about Trump's political prospects in the state, stating, "Trump would be very competitive in Pennsylvania. But Trump has to perform above his ceiling. I think there’s a hard ceiling in Pennsylvania he can’t get past."

Discussing concerns about President Biden's age as he seeks re-election at 80, Fetterman dismissed any worry, declaring, "I’m not concerned about his age. And even if I was, who cares? There’s nothing you can do about his age. He’s sharp, he’s aware, he is absolutely up to the task."

Fetterman's tenure in the Senate has been riddled with health struggles, including recovery from a stroke.

After a hospitalization episode and a stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for depression, Fetterman reflected on his experience, saying, "It’s a burden, but a privilege, too, to talk about it. It’s also an opportunity to be very bipartisan. Red or blue, if you have depression, get help, please."

He further shared personal thoughts on his depression, adding, "In my own situation, in my very lowest, I started thinking about [self-harm]. And I realized that if I do harm myself, I will leave behind for my children a blueprint that, if something happens with you, that’s the answer. I can’t do that to anyone."

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