Head of Republican Party mocks speaking abilities of Fetterman, Biden

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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Thursday mocked Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate who is recovering from a stroke, and President Biden, who grew up stuttering.

McDaniel was interviewed by syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt about news that Biden and Vice President Harris plan to appear at a political event in Philadelphia on Friday to encourage Fetterman and other Pennsylvania Democrats to vote.

“Nobody wants them except for the doomed campaign,” Hewitt said, noting that Democrats across the country have asked Biden and Harris not to withdraw.

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“I don’t underestimate what the triple political toxicity of those three can do,” continued Hewitt, a reporter for the Washington Post. “I hope there are cameras and microphones because you put those three together and they can say anything Ronna.”

“Well, maybe they can serve the full sentence,” McDaniel replied.

Pennsylvania Senate candidates for lieutenant governor John Fetterman (D) and Mehmet Oz (R) square off in their first and only debate in Harrisburg, Pa., on Oct. 25. (Video by JM Rieger/The Washington Post)

McDaniel indicated that she agreed with Hewitt about the unwanted campaign with Biden and Harris, speculating that Fetterman “grabbed the short straw.”

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

She added: “So Biden said, ‘Between the two of us, we can finish the whole sentence.’ “

Fetterman, who suffered a near-fatal stroke in May, is locked in a tight race in Pennsylvania with Republican Mehmet Oz, a celebrity doctor.

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During Tuesday night’s debate, Fetterman sometimes stumbled over his words and stuttered.

During a televised appearance Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-Calif.) suggested Fetterman’s appearance should give voters pause.

“Even those Democrats on CNN were devastated about who their nominee was and the ability to do the job,” McCarthy said. “It’s a big job in the Senate.”

McDaniel isn’t the first high-profile Republican to make fun of people with disabilities. During 2015 during a campaign appearance, Donald Trump impersonated a journalist with a congenital joint condition that limits the movement of his hands.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign sought to use images of Trump against him in campaign ads.


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