Rep. John Fetterman (D-PA) confused many social media users after seemingly attacking a political pundit and statistician who defended his sartorial inelegance.
“Starting a new political party for people who don’t give a shit either about how John Fetterman dresses or what Lauren Boebert does in a theater,” FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver sarcastically said in an X post Monday.
Despite Silver’s defense, which went viral, of his signature attire of hoodies and gym shorts, Fetterman responded negatively to the political statistician.
“I dress like you predict,” the Pennsylvania Democrat responded to Silverman’s support. This was a reference to Silver’s profession as an election and political statistician.
The unexpected response from Fetterman led to a flurry of reactions on social media.
“So Fetterman’s handlers decided to insult a guy who defended him by admitting that their boss dresses like s—???” Greg Price commented.
“John Fetterman finds it hilarious that he’s turned the senate into a coddling daycare for an emotionally stunted man-child with severely arrested development,” commented Stephen Miller.
Miller was a senior adviser to former President Donald Trump.
“In which John Fetterman attacks Nate Silver for arguing that the controversy over his wardrobe is driven by partisans,” remarked Mediaite staff writer Isaac Schorr.
“Oh, and in which he ‘dunks’ on him by asserting that Silver’s work is as shoddy as his attire?” continued Schorr. Bizarre all the way around.”
This incident comes on the heels of the U.S. Senate’s decision to relax its dress code requirements.
Many conservatives criticized Majority Leader Chuck Schumer relaxing the Senate dress code, suggesting it was done to accommodate Fetterman who is known for wearing casual attire in the Senate.
The Senate will no longer enforce a dress code for members, but visitors to the chamber must still adhere to the dress code, which includes coats and ties for men and business attire for women, according to an Axios report.
“The Senate no longer enforcing a dress code for Senators to appease Fetterman is disgraceful,” remarked Rep, Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
“Dress code is one of society’s standards that set etiquette and respect for our institutions,” she continued. “Stop lowering the bar!”
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) echoed similar sentiments, saying, “If my interns can put on a suit so can a U.S. Senator.”
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