John Fetterman’s wife Gisele says the ‘right-wing hates women’ – after she received ‘threats and horrible things’ for going with him to the Capitol on his first day amid claims she is trying to steal the spotlight
- Sen.-elect John Fetterman’s wife Gisele said the ‘right-wing hates women’ after she was criticized for showing up to orientation alongside him on Capitol Hill
- ‘The right-wing hates women. They especially hate strong women, and I think that’s what you’re seeing,’ Fetterman told The New Republic
- Gisele Fetterman became a prominent political figure when she stepped in for her husband on the campaign trail after he suffered a stroke in May
- Her arrival in Washington prompted Red State to run a piece on the ‘Eye-Opening Gisele Fetterman “First Day” Senate photo’
- One poster highlighted in the Red State piece cropped John Fetterman out, commenting, ‘Fixed it’
- Gisele Fetterman called it ‘not normal’ that her ‘inbox has been completely filled with threats and horrible things’
- She told TNR ‘never’ when asked if she’d run for office, calling politics a ‘very cruel world’
Sen.-elect John Fetterman‘s wife Gisele said the ‘right-wing hates women’ after she was criticized for accompanying her husband to Capitol Hill for orientation last week.
‘The right-wing hates women. They especially hate strong women, and I think that’s what you’re seeing,’ Gisele Fetterman told The New Republic in an interview published Monday.
The second lady of Pennsylvania – or ‘SLOP,’ as she refers to herself – stepped in when her husband suffered a stroke just days before the Pennsylvania Senate primary in May, becoming a national political figure almost overnight.
With that has come the attacks – like the conservative site Red State dedicating a whole post Tuesday to the ‘Eye-Opening Gisele Fetterman “First Day” Senate Photo’ saying it ‘spark[ed] questions, mockery galore.’
The photo shows the Fettermans standing on either side of the senator-elect’s new office sign in one of the Senate office buildings.
One poster highlighted in the Red State piece cropped John Fetterman out, commenting, ‘Fixed it.’
‘The fact that a spouse of a senator-elect has been attacked nonstop for the past 24 hours and everyone’s OK with it and everyone thinks it’s normal … It’s not normal,’ Gisele Fetterman told TNR about the coverage of her appearance on Capitol Hill.
‘Since entering the Capitol for training, my inbox has been completely filled with threats and horrible things,’ she said. ‘And that’s because I’ve been a non-[stop] loop on Fox News,’ she continued.
Gisele Fetterman (right), the wife of Pennsylvania Sen.-elect John Fetterman (left) was attacked online by conservatives when she accompanied her husband to his Capitol Hill orientation last week
Sen.-elect John Fetterman walks outside the Senate chamber Tuesday when in Washington for a Senate orientation. His wife talked to The New Republic about how she’s become a target after stepping in and helping him on the campaign trail after he suffered a stroke in May
‘Hopefully it’s not like this forever … and hopefully it’s not like this for the next young Latina or person of color or spouse who enters this space,’ the Brazilian-born Fetterman added.
Despite the threats, she said she felt safe, but added, ‘If you put out hate into the world, it’s going to turn into action … and that’s what we’ve seen with Paul Pelosi.’
The husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the victim of a politically motivated hammer attack late last month.
‘I do feel safe, but then something will happen, and it shakes you … can this happen to me as well? The fact that there’s such a focus on the spouse is scary, and it’s creepy,’ Fetterman said.
She told the left-leaning publication that she would ‘never’ be interested in seeking elected office like her husband, who was first elected mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, before becoming the state’s lieutenant governor.
‘It’s not for me. It’s a very cruel world, and I am not cruel,’ she said. ‘I don’t ever wanna become cruel. I’m sensitive. I want people to like me. It hurts me when people are mean.’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who’s no stranger to right wing ire, told TNR: ‘I think that it’s very important that she doesn’t have to handle that by herself and on her own.’
‘It’s very important that the party sticks up for people,’ Ocasio-Cortez added. ‘They haven’t done a good job in the past.’
Fetterman told the magazine that she would primarily be staying in Western Pennsylvania.
‘I don’t think I’ll be in his office at all,’ she said. ‘I want to work closely with the spouses and get to know them, but I’m going to be in Pittsburgh. John will be in D.C. My work and my kids and my life is in Pittsburgh.’
Gisele Fetterman said she wanted to spread ‘love and awareness’ and get people involved in public service, but didn’t quite know what her role would be yet.
‘I hope to find my space in the role of a Senate spouse,’ she said. ‘I don’t know yet, but I hope to come into it.’