Head of Republican Party mocks speaking abilities of Fetterman, Biden


Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel on Thursday mocked the speech ability of Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate Lt. John Fettman, who is recovering from a stroke, and stuttering President Biden.

McDaniel was interviewed by syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt about the news that Biden and Vice President Harris are planning to attend Friday’s political event in Philadelphia in an effort to boost Feltman and other Pennsylvania Democrats votes.

“Nobody wants them except a doomed campaign,” Hewitt said, a sign that Democrats across the country have asked Biden and Harris to stay away from them.

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“I wouldn’t underestimate what the triple toxicity of these three men in politics can do,” continued Washington Post contributing columnist Hewitt. “I wish there were cameras and microphones because you put these three together and they can say anything, Rona.”

“Well, maybe they can say a full sentence,” McDaniel replied.

Pennsylvania Senate candidates Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) and Mehmet Oz (R) held their first and only debate on October 25 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (Video: JM Rieger/The Washington Post)

McDaniel said she agreed with Hewitt that running with Biden and Harris was unpopular and speculated that Feltman “drag the final straw.”

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“I think all the candidates got together and said, ‘Which one of us has to run with Biden?’ [Fetterman] At the last straw,” McDaniel said.

She added, “So Biden said, ‘Between the two of us, we might be able to complete a full sentence.'”

Feltman, who suffered a near-fatal stroke in May, had a close match against celebrity physician Republican Mohamed Oz in Pennsylvania.

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During Tuesday night’s debate, Feltman at times stumbled over his words and spoke in a paused fashion.

On Thursday’s TV show, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) suggested Feltman’s performance should give voters pause.

“Even those Democrats on CNN are embarrassed about who their nominees are and the ability to do the job,” McCarthy said. “This is an important job for the Senate.”

McDaniel isn’t the first prominent Republican to mock the disabled. During the 2015 campaign, Donald Trump impersonated a reporter with a congenital joint disease that limited the movement of his arms.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign tried to use images of Trump doing so in campaign ads against him.


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