Which is worse, Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) wearing a hoodie on the floor of the Senate, or Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Nutsery) giving a guy a hand job in the middle of a public theatre performance?
Well, it all depends on who you ask. The Republicans are outraged… about the senator’s sartorial choices.
“Double standard” doesn’t adequately describe what’s going on here, since Fetterman’s sartorial choices harm no one, whereas disrupting a play with public sex acts is possibly criminal behavior. The word “hypocrisy” gets thrown around a lot by Republican critics. But that word fails to capture the situation, especially the lack of shame Republicans display when denouncing hoodies on Democrats while shrugging it off when members of their own party engage in public indecency, rape, and seditious conspiracy.
Fetterman has reacted to all the abuse with the casual wit that’s made him such a beloved figure in Pennsylvania politics. “I figure if I take up vaping and grabbing the hog during a live musical, they’ll make me a folk hero,” he tweeted on Tuesday. In response to Greene, he quipped, “she runs on more and more ding-a-ling pics,” a reference to how Greene tried to garner attention during a House hearing, by showing naked videos of Hunter Biden obtained off a shadily sourced laptop.
This flavor of Republican bullshit is funny, of course. But it’s also deeply dangerous. Their belief that they’re the only “real” Americans is what fueled the January 6 insurrection and is why most Republican voters are eager to vote for Trump again, despite his attempted coup. The hoodies vs. hand jobs debate only touches the surface of what is really a debate over who deserves to have a voice in American politics and who does not. As long as Republicans and their voters cling to their foul notions of what constitutes “legitimate” citizenship, they remain a dangerous threat to democracy.
Nothing really new here, but it’s just needed to be pointed out. Again.
PS: I thought I’d heard every euphemism, but “grabbing the hog” is a new one for me. Thanks, Senator.