John Fetterman, a Democratic Senator from Pennsylvania, has announced in a playful manner that he doesn’t have a double that stands in for him.
Fetterman returned to the Senate last week after he was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at the end of March. He had been treated for clinical depression since February.
The legislator, who was just elected earlier this year posted a video making fun of the idea that he had a stand-in.
Fetterman claimed in the video that “the fringy-fringe” had hatched the “conspiracy” while he was still at the hospital. After he said in the video that body doubles are “not true”, the scene changes to Fetterman dressed in a different hoodie and pretending to be someone else. He then asks him what event is planned that afternoon. In the background, the song “Just the Two of Us”, can be heard.
Fetterman tweeted: “I thought it was about time to dispel the rumor that I have a double.
Thought it was time to address the rumor: I do not have a body double. pic.twitter.com/dndGUt9OK7
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) April 18, 2023
Last year, just days after a stroke, Fetterman was elected to the Democratic U.S. Senate Primary in Pennsylvania. He then defeated Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz in the general election.
“I am extremely grateful to the incredible team at Walter Reed. The care they provided changed my life,” Fetterman said in a statement last month. “I will have more to say about this soon, but for now I want everyone to know that depression is treatable, and treatment works. This isn’t about politics — right now there are people who are suffering from depression in red counties and blue counties. If you need help, please get help.”
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With the Senate in recess for the next 2 weeks, John will spend time with his family and constituents in PA, and return to D.C. when the Senate session resumes on 4/17.
Full statement from John: pic.twitter.com/VrtTkIsAsp
— Joe Calvello (@the_vello) March 31, 2023