Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) has been in the spotlight ever since his highly visible midterm race against Dr. Mehmet Oz. Many critics claimed the Democrat leader wasn’t fit to be in office after suffering a stroke.
Then, Fetterman checked himself into the hospital for depression. After getting out, those critics noted a few of his public gaffes, and again questioned the liberal’s mental fitness.
Now, they’re questioning his understanding of the Constitution.
Sen. Fetterman claimed in a tweet that the “whole reason” for the 14th Amendment was to help with debt negotiations. This comes as the Biden administration is considering using the 14th to avoid a default on the nation’s debt.
The 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868, three years after the Civil War ended. It delivered citizenship and due process for former slaves and many historians remember it for its “equal protection” clause.
There’s also a section on the public debt, which reads:
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.
Fetterman’s comment was immediately scrutinized by experts, fact-checkers, journalists and politicos.
For example, former Trump adviser Stephen Miller took a jab at Fetterman’s dress:
Amy Swearer, senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, added:
She added in a separate tweet: “For the record, it’s not even the point of Section 4 of the 14th Amendment, much less the point of the entire 14th Amendment.”
Former congressional candidate Matthew Foldi said it makes sense that Democrats want to erase the 14th Amendment “after their ancestors lost the Civil War.”