Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) recently appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” where he truthfully said the U.S. is “not sending their best and brightest” to serve in Congress.
Fetterman continued by saying that it’s “scary” that individuals lacking intelligence are making decisions about the lives of Americans in government, as reported by the Blaze.
Fetterman made the comments while wearing a hoodie and shorts.
“You all need to know that America is not sending their best and brightest to Washington, D.C.,” Fetterman said. “Sometimes you literally just can’t believe these people are making the decisions that are determining the government here. It’s actually scary.”
Interestingly, during his interview with late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert, Fetterman used a tablet to transcribe the questions he received, according to Fox News.
On X, formerly known as Twitter, the Republican National Committee (RNC) Research account shared a clip of Fetterman’s comments, writing, “John Fetterman completely unironically: ‘America is not sending their best and brightest, you know, to Washington, D.C.’”
John Fetterman, completely unironically: "America is not sending their best and brightest, you know, to Washington, D.C." pic.twitter.com/9ExRRSBs3X
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 12, 2023
Fetterman’s communication director, Joe Calvello, issued a fiery response to the RNC Research account’s post, writing, “Yes, he’s talking about your dumb—.”
Fetterman later responded to the RNC Research post with a GIF reading, “THAT’s THE JOKE.”
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) October 12, 2023
Many prominent conservatives slammed Fetterman over his comments.
“Does he own a mirror,” Libs of TikTok founder Chaya Raichik wrote on X.
Does he own a mirror
— Chaya Raichik (@ChayaRaichik10) October 12, 2023
On X, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said, “Fetterman speaks truth. He’s unaware of it, but he embodies the very truth he speaks. This could have been a skit on SNL. But it was a rare funny moment on Colbert.”
Fetterman speaks truth. He's unaware of it, but he embodies the very truth he speaks. This could have been a skit on SNL. But it was a rare funny moment on Colbert. https://t.co/zcHmYbGqLT
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) October 12, 2023
“Both comedy and irony are dead,” Dr. Robert Malone wrote.
Both comedy and irony are dead. https://t.co/nU8J8VPFU2
— Robert W Malone, MD (@RWMaloneMD) October 12, 2023
“Not sending their best dressed, either!” Anya Parampil declared on X.
Not sending their best dressed, either! https://t.co/eS4kMmAyaG
— Anya Parampil (@anyaparampil) October 13, 2023
Is Fetterman including himself when he makes such a statement? If not, someone should tell the Democratic lawmaker that he doesn’t necessarily fit the criteria for “best and brightest,” given his worsening speech impediment which he obtained after suffering an Ischemic stroke in 2022. Such an illness blocks blood and oxygen from reaching certain parts of the brain.
In February 2023, Fetterman checked in to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to receive treatment for clinical depression.