Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, on Tuesday compared the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans.
At an event on Tuesday, Erie County Black Democrats Committee Chair Selena King asked Fetterman how the Jan. 6 riot shaped her campaign and candidacy. Fetterman started to respond before quickly asking King how it affected him.
“I was shocked that this happened, and especially being a person of color. I know if it was people of color it would have been totally different,” King said.
“And that was shocking,” Fetterman replied. “The last thing I would kind of think was similar, that 9/11 feeling, you know, when you see the planes crashing.”
Fetterman, who suffered a stroke in May, added:
We had this idea where, you, I watched this, and I can’t believe you have thousands of people like invading, you know, our government like that, and how shocking and shocking and how the police die there. And now, of course, Trump, and now by Oz, backed their forgiveness to all of you know, like this idea – these insurgents – that the way somebody might believe and try to normalize that’s something that we absolutely never accept as a nation.
During his debate with Oz last week, Fetterman relied on a closed captioning system to solve his auditory processing issues resulting from the stroke and repeatedly struggled with his words throughout the night. . Local news station WXPI conducted a poll that found 82% of viewers thought Oz won the debate, and other subsequent polls bode well for the Republican.
The Republican has led or tied Fetterman in five of the last seven polls shared by FiveThirtyEight, including a trio of polls the day after the debate showing him in the lead. As Democrats seek to build momentum down the stretch, former President Barack Obama will rally behind Fetterman on Saturday.