Critics Pummel ‘Slob’ Fetterman For ‘Lowering the Bar’ on Senate Dress Code
Republicans on Monday called out Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman for his sloppy attire following an announcement that the Senate would be relaxing its dress code to accommodate his laziness. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made the changes over the weekend, sparking outcry from several of the slovenly senator’s colleagues.
A report by NBC News compiled some reactions from Republicans in the upper chamber. Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia reportedly called the new rule changes “terrible.” South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said he was “not a big fan” of relaxing the dress code, and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley concisely stated, “It stinks.”
Other Republicans openly mocked the changes to the dress code, with Senator Susan Collins of Maine joking that she would “wear a bikini” to work Tuesday.
“I think there is a certain dignity that we should be maintaining in the Senate, and to do away with the dress code, to me, debases the institution,” ~ Sen. Susan Collins
Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville, a former football coach at Auburn University, said he would wear a coaching outfit next time he appears on the Senate floor.
“It bothers me big time. You got people walking around in shorts, that don’t fly with me.” ~ Sen. Tommy Tuberville
Other critics included Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who wrote on X that “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!” ~ Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
Former Trump White House senior adviser Stephen Miller accused the Pennsylvania Senator of turning the upper chamber into a “coddling daycare.”
“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.”
In a follow-up post on X, Miller continued, “The legacy of [John Fetterman] will be making the Senate of the United States adopt the dress code of a kindergarten class. Except five-years olds actually know how to wear pants.”
Several Fox News commentators also piled on to offer their criticism.
Host Laura Ingraham of ‘The Ingraham Angle’ said the rule changes were “all about lowering the bar for John Fetterman.” In contrast, commentator Brit Hume said Fetterman “dresses like the man who came to fix the air conditioning.”
An op-ed by the ‘New York Post’s editorial board called Fetterman a ‘blue-collar cosplayer,’ pointing out that despite his caricaturing of a working-class man, Fetterman “grew up rich and sponged off his parents until he was almost 50. ”
Fetterman has, however, defended his choice, telling reporters Monday, “Aren’t there more important things we should be working on right now instead of, you know, that I might be dressing like a slob?”
One journalist, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight, also offered some support, writing on X.
“Starting a new political party for people who don’t give a s— either about how John Fetterman dresses or what Lauren Boebert does in a theater,”
Fetterman, however, bizarrely attacked Silver for his comment.
“I dress like you predict,” he responded.
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