Donald Trump’s super PAC goes directly to Fetterman’s health care



CNN

In the final days of the nation’s most-watched Senate campaign, a super PAC aligned with former President Donald Trump is running ads that openly challenge Pennsylvania Gov. John Fetterman for the job he’s seeking.

After a series of issues facing the country — crime, the southern border, Russia’s nuclear threat and the potential threat to the economy — the new ad ties Fetterman and President Joe Biden together, suggesting they’re not up to the task.

“Joe Biden and John Fetterman are not up to these challenges,” says the ad’s narrator. “Biden is stumbling and Fetterman is not well.” The president stumbles. – go up the stairs of Air Force One, and a picture of a disheveled Fetterman appears on the screen.

The ad ends with Fetterman saying about Philadelphia’s NFL team, “The Eagles are way better than the Eagles.”

Trump-linked MAGA Inc. It’s part of the super PAC’s $2.6 million ad buy in Pennsylvania. The team is spending more than $800,000 there, according to Fox News.

The announcement comes on the heels of Fetterman and Dr. Mehmet Oz discussing the race for the first and only time. Fetterman, who suffered a stroke in May and continues to struggle with auditory processing issues, struggled to get his points across during the debate.

That caused nervousness among Democrats that Fetterman’s performance would raise more questions in voters’ minds about his health.

And Fetterman also admitted that the debate was a big challenge for him. “To be honest, it wasn’t exactly easy to have that discussion,” he said in a statement Wednesday night. “I knew it wouldn’t be easy to have a stroke after five months. In fact, I don’t think this has ever been done in American political history.”

It’s unclear whether voters will give Fetterman credit for trying to debate. Or whether they will see his obvious struggles and question whether they should even run for Senate.

Undoubtedly, however, the combination of Fetterman’s debate performance and the new Trump super PAC ad ensures that the Democrat’s health will be a major issue in the final days of the race.

And that, at least, is the fault of Fetterman’s campaign, which has, at times, downplayed the seriousness of his situation.

“The good news is that I feel much better, and the doctors have told me that I have not suffered any cognitive damage,” Fetterman said in a statement a few days after the stroke in May. “I am very well on my way to a full recovery.”

But that story changed several weeks later.

“The stroke I suffered on May 13th did not come out of nowhere,” Fetterman said in a June statement. “Like many others, and especially like so many men, I avoided going to the doctor, even though I knew I wasn’t feeling well. As a result, I almost died. I want to encourage others not to make the same mistake.”

Very different!

Fetterman’s campaign has declined to release more detailed medical records about his stroke and recovery. The campaign released a report from Fetterman’s doctor last week that said he was “recovering well from his stroke” and “has no work restrictions and is able to serve in public office,” following a similar letter in June. During Tuesday’s discussion, Fetterman declined to release further medical information.

Will this complete lack of transparency – along with Fetterman’s clear struggles in the debate – affect the final days of the campaign? Republicans bet.