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Fetterman raises eyebrows with choppy opening statement in Senate return: 'Frightening'

Fetterman raises eyebrows with choppy opening statement in Senate return: 'Frightening'

John Fetterman, Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor, returned to the Senate floor on Monday to preside over the chamber for the first time since the November election. But his opening statement raised some eyebrows, with some saying it was "frightening" and others calling it "disappointing."

Fetterman started off by saying, "Our election was free, fair and secure. The truth is, Pennsylvania's election was a national model. In the end, there was no widespread voter fraud, no stolen election, and no rigged election. Our democracy held, and the voice of the people was heard."

He then went on to say that he would be enforcing the rules of the Senate, including the mask mandate, which he said was in place to protect public health. But he added, "If you're not going to follow the rules, then get the hell out of the Capitol."

Fetterman's statement was met with some criticism on social media, with some calling it "frightening" and others saying it was "disappointing." Some accused him of being too confrontational, while others praised him for speaking out.

In a statement to Fox News, Fetterman defended his remarks, saying, "I was elected by the people of Pennsylvania to serve as their lieutenant governor, and I take that responsibility very seriously. I will always stand up for the truth and for what is right, even if it means taking on powerful interests and speaking out against injustice."

He added, "I will continue to do my job, to preside over the Senate with fairness and impartiality, and to work to make Pennsylvania a better place for all of us."

Fetterman has been a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump and has spoken out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. He was also one of the first officials to call for the resignation of former Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar over her handling of the election.

Fetterman's return to the Senate floor comes as Republicans across the country are pushing for new voting restrictions in the wake of the 2020 election. Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to suppress the vote, while Republicans say they are trying to ensure the integrity of the election.

In Pennsylvania, Republicans are pushing for a number of new voting restrictions, including a requirement that voters provide photo identification when casting their ballots. Democrats have called the proposal a "voter suppression" effort and have vowed to fight it.

The debate over voting rights is expected to heat up in the coming months, with several key elections scheduled for later this year. The outcome of these elections could have a major impact on the balance of power in Congress and on the future of voting rights in the United States.

 

John Fetterman, Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor, returned to the Senate floor on Monday to preside over the chamber for the first time since the November election. But his opening statement raised some eyebrows, with some saying it was "frightening" and others calling it "disappointing."

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