I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would start to kind of, sort of, feel okay about Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. John Fetterman. It feels totally unnatural to even suggest such a thing, yet, here we are. There’s been a distinct change in his overall demeanor and his engagement with liberal policy that seems far more more in line with how Democrats were years and years ago, before progressives stormed the gates and took over. That blows my mind.
One area that Fetterman has been particularly strong in as of late is his support for the nation of Israel following the Oct. 7, 2023 terrorist attacks by Hamas. A good case in point is his response this weekend when a group of anti-Israel protesters showed up outside his home waving Palestinian flags.
According to a video that went viral on X, Fetterman headed up to his roof and waved an Israeli flag, making it clear who he stands with in the current conflict still raging on in the Middle East.
Anti-Israel protesters showed to up to John Fetterman’s house in Braddock tonight.
He responded by waving an Israeli flag at them from his roof.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 27, 2024
Here’s more from the Daily Wire:
The flag waved in the wind, but Fetterman appeared unmoved as the protesters on the ground shouted over and over again: “Fetterman, Fetterman, you can’t hide. You’re supporting genocide.”
“I’m not too proud to admit that I misjudged @SenFettermanPA,” Jen Wright said in a post published on X. “And I will also note, IMHO, it is never ok to protest at someone’s home. It is an intimidation tactic and is abhorrent. Protest in the public square. Leave families out of it!!”
I’m not too proud to admit that I misjudged @SenFettermanPA
And I will also note, IMHO, it is never ok to protest at someone’s home. It is an intimidation tactic and is abhorrent. Protest in the public square. Leave families out of it!! https://t.co/4OmDhMXFZc
— Jen Wright (@JenWEsq) January 27, 2024
“The recent actions of Fetterman going against the Dems has been awesome! I bet super progressive Dems feel like wrestling fans did when Hogan flipped and joined the NWO,” another user said.
The recent actions of Fetterman going against the Dems has been awesome! I bet super progressive Dems feel like wrestling fans did when Hogan flipped and joined the NWO. https://t.co/sHOVRHEDXS
— Hammer and Nigel (@hammerandnigel) January 27, 2024
Bryan Dean Wright, a former agent with the Central Intelligence Agency, said, “This guy is turning into the Honey Badger of politics.”
This guy is turning into the Honey Badger of politics. https://t.co/mPntzMtCI4
— BDW (@BryanDeanWright) January 27, 2024
Fetterman has repeatedly riled the far left, progressive wing of the Democrat Party — particularly in recent weeks — primarily over his support for Israel and his assessment of the chaos at the U.S. Mexico border.
Shortly after the October 7th attacks, perpetrated by Hamas terrorists against Israeli civilians, Fetterman papered his entire Senate office with the missing posters of Israelis who had been kidnapped and taken into Gaza during the initial attack. He said at the time that those posters would remain on his wall until the hostages were released.
Fetterman also lashed out when South Africa accused Israel of “committing genocide” at The Hague.
“Who are … they really fighting?” Fetterman went on to ask of Hamas. “It’s a group of cowards. They hide in tunnels; they hide behind civilians. They attack, kill, mutilate children, women; and they do that. Stop talking about proportion on that. They shot their best shot on October 7, and they would have taken more lives if they could have … but they couldn’t do it.”
“And now let’s also talk about that: Now we’re talking about genocide,” he added, switching the topic of conversation South Africa. “And now, South Africa now, is bringing that kind of a trial. Maybe South Africa … ought to sit this one out when they’re talking about criticizing Israel. Sit it out!”
I’m honestly still in shock over this whole flip of the script we’re witnessing before our very eyes. What has led to this dramatic shift? Is this always how Fetterman felt, but kept buried in order to win the election to the Senate? Regardless, if he is sincere in his beliefs, this is amazing. He doesn’t necessarily have to become a conservative, though that would be cool. Just being moderate and using common sense is enough to make him refreshing and a potential benefit to having in Congress.