Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman is facing backlash from progressive Democrats this week after declaring that he does not consider himself to be a part of the progressive wing of the Democrat Party. Fetterman’s comments came as a surprise to many, as he has often been allied with more liberal Democrats on issues such as gun control and LGBTQ+ rights.
Fetterman’s stance on Israel has particularly upset progressive activists. In the wake of Hamas’ recent terror attacks on the country, Fetterman has remained steadfast in his support for Israel, drawing criticism from the far-left wing of the party. He has also been vocal in calling for Senator Bob Menendez to be expelled from Congress, following his indictment in an alleged bribery scheme involving Egypt.
John Fetterman is now a de facto conservative. “I’m not a progressive,” he says. He previously identified as a socialist. He’s also slamming Democrats for their double standards on Bob Menendez/George Santos. He isn’t even up for re-election until 2028.
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When asked about his views on Israel and immigration, Fetterman explained that he considers himself to be a Democrat committed to choice, but not necessarily a progressive. “With Israel, I’m going to be on the right side of that. And immigration is something near and dear to me, and I think we do have to effectively address it as well,” he stated in a recent interview with NBC News.
Fetterman’s stance on immigration also drew criticism from the left, as he stated that immigration policies should be focused on controlling the flow of migrants into the country. “It’s a reasonable conversation — until somebody can say there’s an explanation on what we can do when 270,000 people are being encountered on the border,” he said, referring to the ongoing crisis at the U.S. southern border.
Sen. John Fetterman to NBC News: “I’m not a progressive.”
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Fetterman expressed concern over the issue being attached to aid packages for Ukraine and Israel, but maintained that it was necessary to reach a deal in order to deliver aid to these countries. He also continued to call for Menendez to be expelled from Congress, stating that he “needs to go” in light of his alleged involvement in a bribery scheme.
The senator’s comments have ignited a heated debate within the Democrat Party, with some questioning whether Fetterman’s views align with the party’s core values. Many progressive activists view Fetterman’s stance on Israel and immigration as a betrayal of their cause, causing tension within the party.
Despite the criticism, Fetterman remains firm in his beliefs, stating that “we can’t leave Israel — we can’t sell them out, and we can’t sell Ukraine out, and we have to deliver on this.” As the debate within the party continues, it remains to be seen whether Fetterman’s views will have an impact on future legislation and the Democrat party’s overall direction.