Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) has made headlines for his causal clothing, health issues and goatee.
Over the weekend, Fetterman, who has remained out of the headlines for some weeks, captured headlines by showcasing a new mustache — which made him bear a striking resemblance to a “Breaking Bad” character.
The New York Post noted that observers said the former Pennsylvania lieutenant governor looked like the Walter White character. One wrote: “Wow, Fetterman has entered his Walter White phase.”
Walter White of “Breaking Bad” was played by the award-winning actor Bryan Cranston.
Interestingly, White’s character is well-known for his descent from a mild-mannered chemistry teacher to a ruthless methamphetamine manufacturer.
Fox News noted that Fetterman shaved his goatee and grew a mustache because he lost a bet. When asked by an X user what game Fetterman was betting on with his son, his wife said, “Chess, always chess.”
Friends and foes were quick to comment on Fetterman’s new look.
Political strategist Rachel Bitecofer wrote, “Fetterman is Breaking Bad,”
Director Jay Arnold praised Fetterman’s selfie, saying, “…you look great!”
Others mocked Fetterman’s look, saying: “Next election cycle, we run no ads… just blue rock candy and ‘I am the one who knocks’ bumper stickers.”
The “blue rock candy” references the signature blue methamphetamine Walter White manufactured in the series.
Some have suggested Fetterman’s new facial hair is an intentional nod to pop culture and an attempt to shift the focus from his lingering health issues.
Fetterman did not seem to appreciate the attention. “There’s a fixation on a lot of dumb s–t,” Fetterman said. “You know, I’ve had this exact mustache in 2019 before I shaved it for a summer look.”
The senator added: “Everything is turning into a culture war. Not everything has to be a think piece, you know.”
Speaking about his recent bout of depression, which necessitated a six-week convalescence at a treatment center, Fetterman said: “[Battling depression is] a burden, but a privilege, too, to talk about it. It’s also an opportunity to be very bipartisan. Red or blue, if you have depression, get help, please. Don’t ever, ever, ever harm yourself. Do not leave behind a blueprint of that.”
Fetterman’s new look has drawn quite the attention and debate online. While many find amusement in the doppelganger discussion, others may question the wisdom of sporting a look that even remotely echoes a criminal mastermind from a popular television series.
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