March 3, 2024
Former President Donald Trump said he takes serious issue with Lt. Gov. John Fetterman's uniquely casual fashion choices, accusing the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee of dressing "like a teenager getting high in his parents basement" at his Saturday rally.

Former President Donald Trump said he takes serious issue with Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s uniquely casual fashion choices, accusing the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee of dressing “like a teenager getting high in his parents basement” at his Saturday rally.

Fetterman, who is known for wearing sweatsuits despite running for state office, is running ahead of Trump’s preferred candidate, celebrity physician Dr. Mehmet Oz, whom he endorsed in a highly competitive primary race. The former president remarked on the Democrat’s fashion choices while speaking to supporters at a rally Saturday in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The must-win state is a top battleground in the November midterm elections that will decide which party controls the Senate.

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“This guy’s a disaster,” Trump said of Fetterman. “He comes in with a sweatsuit on. I’ve never seen him wear a suit. A dirty, dirty, dirty sweatsuit, it’s really disgusting. You know, I’m a clean freak. I’m a clean freak, Oz — I don’t like those dirty sweatsuits, that disgusting.”

“Fetterman may dress like a teenager getting high in his parents basement, but he’s a raging lunatic hell-bent on springing hardened criminals out of jail in the middle of the worst crime wave in Pennsylvania history,” he continued, appearing to reference Fetterman’s criminal justice positions. “He wants everybody out of jail. And by the way, he wants to get rid of your police.”

Trump went on to accuse the progressive Democrat wanting to legalize hard drugs, which he claimed Fetterman was abusing himself.

“Fetterman supports taxpayer funded drug dens and the complete decriminalization of illegal drugs including heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, and ultra lethal fentanyl — and, by the way, he takes them himself — which would mean death and despair for every community in Pennsylvania and every community in the United States of America,” Trump told the fired-up crowd.

Fetterman is vocal in his advocacy for marijuana legalization, but he has not made widespread drug decriminalization a centerpiece of his Senate campaign. Fact checks of recent attacks against the Democrat’s record on drugs found that Fetterman had, in fact, said he supported decriminalizing all drugs in 2015, though that is not the same as legalizing. He appears to have focused his efforts on marijuana specifically in recent years.

The former president, who is widely understood to be preparing a 2024 White House bid, offered an opposing approach to handling the nation’s drug crisis.

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“I’m calling for the death penalty for drug dealers,” Trump said, something he has also suggested at previous rallies. He claimed that doing so would “reduce drug distribution in our country on day one by 75%.”

“I’ve told this and it’s a hard thing to say because calling for the death penalty stuff, but think of it, they kill 500 people during a lifetime, and I think it’s much worse than that. I think that’s only what we hear about. It would stop,” the 45th president said, justifying his position. “If you didn’t get it down 90% from day one, I’d be surprised.”

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