John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s Democratic senator, had a challenging year, overcoming a stroke and advocating for mental health. Despite being a progressive icon, he drew controversy for his strong support of Israel.
“Are you surprised that so many progressives disagree with you on Israel?” Fetterman was asked.
“I mean, of course I expected that there will always be a diversity of opinions, and that as long as things go that the Democratic caucus might splinter more. … I would be the last man standing to be absolutely there on the Israeli side on this with no conditions,” Fetterman said. (Trending: Joe Biden Emailed Hunter’s Business Associates 54 Times)
“I grieve, and it’s awful the incredible civilian deaths and the suffering.”
“It’s awful. War is hell, as they say. But only one side has used civilians as human shields. Only one side has broken the cease-fires.”
“Only one side will systematically rape, torture and mutilate Israeli women and girls in the most unspeakable, awful ways. … Without destroying Hamas, there will be no enduring peace and a stable, two-state solution.”
“To me, it’s not a referendum on Netanyahu. It’s just what we have to do to stand with Israel. And I do agree with the prevailing opinion that Hamas must be destroyed.”
Fetterman also discussed his views on Biden’s reelection chances, criticized Democratic strategist James Carville, and highlighted concerns about inflation.
“All I do know is that the president will win Pennsylvania. And I do believe if he wins Pennsylvania, and I believe he will, he will be a second-term president,” Fetterman said.
“To me, it’s going to come down to good and evil and personalities and everything about this, too. It’s going to be a gut check kind of a situation where it’s just like, really? Really, really, as you’re going into the voting booth, do we want chaos and somebody that is in three or four criminal hearings?”
“Is this somebody that you want to be their finger back on the button? Or do you want to have a decent and very effective president that has gotten us through the pandemic, addressed inflation and has been a real masterclass of diplomacy with Israel?”
“And that’s the thing. And if you want to be more pissed off about a $16 McDonald’s extra meal, I don’t know.”
He emphasized the importance of a stable leader and effective diplomacy, while also addressing the impact of social media on mental health.
“I don’t spend any time on Twitter and that’s the truth. I encourage you — you can check my personal phone. I couldn’t even get on Twitter if I had to,” he said.