DeSantis Slams Senate Dress Code Change For Fetterman

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) slammed the decision by the U.S. Senate to relax dress codes to appease Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) — who prefers to wear gym shorts and hoodies rather than the chamber’s typical formal attire of suits and ties.

On Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that he had directed the Senate’s sergeant-at-arms to stop enforcing the dress code for senators — though he will still be requiring staffers to adhere to the standards. This decision comes a few months after Fetterman — who was elected after suffering a stroke that left him essentially incapable of speaking correctly or understanding most speech — disregarded the dress code.

DeSantis blasted Schumer’s decision during a speech at Craig Municipal Airport in Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday — where he was announcing that all first responders in Florida would be receiving $1,000 bonuses for the third year in a row. He took a moment out of the speech to decry the latest example of lowering standards in America.

“Did you guys hear the U.S. Senate just eliminated its dress code?” the Florida governor asked. “Because you got this guy from Pennsylvania who’s got a lot of problems — I mean, let’s just be honest, like how he got elected? Well, I mean, he got elected because they didn’t want the alternative.”

“But he wears like sweatshirts and hoodies and shorts — and that’s his thing,” DeSantis continued. “So he would campaign in that, which is your prerogative, right? I mean, if that’s what you want to do. But to show up in the United States Senate with that and not have the decency to put on proper attire. I think it’s disrespectful to the body. And I think the fact that the Senate changed the rules to accommodate that, you know, I think looks — speaks very poorly to how they consider that.”

“We need to be lifting up our standards in this country, not dumbing down our standards in this country,” he added.

The fact that relaxing the dress code, which is more of a tradition than an actual written policy, is being done specifically to accommodate Fetterman has prompted outrage from many other conservatives as well — including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).

“The Senate no longer enforcing a dress code for Senators to appease Fetterman is disgraceful. Dress code is one of society’s standards that set etiquette and respect for our institutions. Stop lowering the bar!” Greene wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“If my interns can put on a suit so can a U.S. Senator,” wrote Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT).

“So let me get this straight. The entire senate is jettisoning its storied history and debasing itself before the world to accommodate the slovenliness of one man, John Fetterman. Will a single Senator object to this humiliation?” wrote Stephen Miller, senior adviser to former President Donald Trump.

“The Fetterman legacy is now cemented. Not for improving the lives of the state he represents, of course, but because he dresses like a sophomore in summer school,” wrote author Joe Concha.