At some point, the Republican Party decided that basic health-related human fallibilities, like succumbing to illness or injury, were signs of weakness.
While they’re fine with Greg Abbott using a wheelchair and demanded privacy for Ted Cruz’s family after one of his daughters attempted suicide, you may recall how the Trumpocrites mocked Hillary Clinton for coughing a little bit, with her health becoming a major MAGA talking point of the 2016 presidential election.
The hammer attack on Paul Pelosi drew conspiracies instead of sympathies from the GQP, with zero apologies.
And then there’s Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman, who had the audacity to suffer a stroke while campaigning.
Fetterman’s physical and mental health were both constantly under attack from his MAGA plant opponent, Dr. Mehmet “MEH” Oz, who really should’ve lost his medical license after maligning Fetterman’s inspiring recovery.
The fact that PA voters still chose Fetterman over Oz is proof that Democrats understand you can get over a stroke, but you can’t recover from a Republican in a government gig.
Now-Senator Fetterman has once again announced he’s undergoing treatment, this time for depression.
It’s a common side effect of stroke, and for him to have checked into Walter Reed is a show of strength, not weakness.
After what he’s been through in the past year, there’s probably no one who wanted to talk about his own health less than John. I’m so proud of him for asking for help and getting the care he needs. pic.twitter.com/SfuwWTSUcG
— Gisele Barreto Fetterman (@giselefetterman) February 16, 2023
But you can’t tell that to the MAGA mean kids, who think they’ll all live forever while mocking the old, the infirm, and the self-caring.
While the GOP regressed all the way back to grade school–with a few notable exceptions– Democrats flocked to Twitter to praise Fetterman for getting the help he needs instead of making a permanent decision to fix a temporary problem.
Fetterman is the better man.
Laura Ingraham (who spent 2022 harassing John Fetterman and spreading lies about his health) blames him checking into Walter Reed for clinical depression on those who supported him during his campaign:
"They should be ashamed of themselves." pic.twitter.com/J88M3TwQrw
— Kat Abu (@abughazalehkat) February 17, 2023
Great to see bipartisan support for John Fetterman.
And Hell freezes over – Ted Cruz is acting like a human. pic.twitter.com/mBLTAElKMG
— Janice Hough (@leftcoastbabe) February 17, 2023
I’ve lost too many friends to depression in my life. It takes guts for Fetterman to admit he needs help in the public eye, knowing the hideous mockery that will come to him from the Maga world.
Better people will salute this courage.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 16, 2023
Senator Fetterman showed incredible strength in his public decision to seek help for depression.
There are men who will feel less stigmatized to seek help now bc of Fetterman's example.
And you're an amoral coward who lacks the manhood to show his name & face. https://t.co/EmAUY7FOFw
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) February 16, 2023
Senator @JohnFetterman’s willingness to share his experience with depression serves as a reminder to those struggling with mental health that they're not alone, and that help is out there. Sending our well wishes to Senator Fetterman and his loved ones as he continues to heal.
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) February 17, 2023