Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman presided over the United States Senate today wearing a short-sleeve button-down work shirt, gym shorts, and tennis shoes.
So if you ever wondered whether the world could get any stupider, it just did. Behold:
John Fetterman, in a hoodie and shorts, is presiding over the US Senate today. pic.twitter.com/th9m9kuBhI— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) September 20, 2023
And, subsequently, if you wondered whether Fetterman has any shame whatsoever about tromping around the upper chamber of Congress dressed like a hobo, he doesn’t. Speaking about his presiding over the Senate looking like a homeless plumber, Fetterman said, “The world didn't spin off its axis. You know, I just did it…I think we will still go on.”
The Pennsylvania Democrat had previously said he’d start wearing a suit again if the “jackoffs” in the House - i.e., Republicans - committed to “fully support[ing] Ukraine,” per CSPAN’s Capitol Hill producer.
Fetterman, who was presiding in the Senate without a tie this morning, on the chamber's dress code: "If those jagoffs in the House stop trying to shut our government down, and fully support Ukraine,then I will save democracy by wearing a suit on the Senate floor next week.” pic.twitter.com/KOZcbmf7Jn— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) September 20, 2023
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sent out a memo this week instructing the Sergeant at Arms not to enforce the chamber’s unwritten dress rules, which mandate coats and ties for men and business attire for women. Instead, ”Senators are able to choose what they wear on the Senate floor,” Schumer said in a statement to Axios confirming the memo. Under these new rules - or, rather, the lack of enforcing them - Fetterman, who has reportedly been voting from the door of the Senate cloakroom to avoid having to dress like a grown adult with a little bit of dignity, can now channel his inner Walmart soccer mom and take to the Senate floor in sweatpants and a pullover.
Because, after all, it is all about his personal comfort, American pride be damned.
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