John Fetterman Appears To Struggle In Post-Stroke Speech

( At a campaign rally with the United Steelworkers (USW) on Tuesday, Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman (D), who is challenging Dr. Mehmet Oz for the state’s open United States Senate seat, spoke for less than five minutes.

In a speech that lasted less than five minutes, Fetterman rallied with USW officials and members at his second public campaign event since suffering a stroke in May.

Political advisor Andrew Surabian posted a video of the address, saying, “Watch this video, and it will become evident why Fetterman doesn’t want to debate.”

According to Breitbart News, Fetterman has not agreed to debate his Republican rival. KDKA-TV, a local Pittsburgh network, has attempted to host a debate, but executives have not heard from Fetterman to confirm his attendance.

On Friday, May 13, Fetterman experienced a stroke that required hospitalization. His campaign blamed the incident on atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heartbeat resulting in poor blood flow, clotting, and strokes, among other consequences. At the time, Fetterman’s team claimed he had no cognitive impairment and would be able to resume campaigning after some time off.

A few days later, Fetterman underwent surgery to install a pacemaker with a defibrillator. In the interim, Jake Corman, the president pro tempore of the state Senate, took up Fetterman’s duties as lieutenant governor.

Then, on June 3, Fetterman issued a statement in which he admitted that he ought to have “more seriously” monitored his health before having a stroke. He disclosed that in 2017, after going to the hospital for foot edema, he discovered he had a cardiac problem for the first time. In a statement published on Fetterman’s website, his cardiologist, Dr. Ramesh R. Chandra, said that the first time atrial fibrillation and a diminished heart pump were discovered in Fetterman was in 2017.

In addition to improving Fetterman’s diet and exercise routine, Chandra prescribed medicine for him. She also requested he returns for follow-up visits. According to Chandra, Fetterman stopped taking his prescribed meds and did not visit a doctor about his health before being admitted to the hospital in May.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fetterman was also diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a general condition affecting the heart’s ability to pump blood adequately.

Fetterman admitted that the stroke almost proved fatal after disobeying his doctor’s advice. He claimed, “The stroke I had on May 13 didn’t happen out of the blue. “Like so many others and so many males in particular, even though I knew I wasn’t feeling well, I put off going to the doctor. I nearly passed away as a result,” stated Fetterman. “I want to inspire others to avoid the same error.”