Numerous videos on Twitter and Tik Tok have surfaced showing speech issues exhibited by John Fetterman, the democratic senate candidate running against Dr. Oz in Pennsylvania in one of the most high profile senate races in the country.
John Fetterman gave a speech in Montgomery County yesterday.
Here are the highlights. pic.twitter.com/8udMddHAcQ
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 12, 2022
NBC News’ Benjamin Goggin published an article accusing Tik Tok and Twitter of disseminating misleading “doctored” videos of Fetterman on the campaign trail. Fetterman had a stroke in May, and these videos feature what The Federalist refers to as “rhetorical challenges” that he has faced since the stroke.
Senate candidates are fighting to be one of 100 men and women who are some of the most politically powerful people in America, and the campaign trail is vital to give Americans all of the information possible to make an informed decision. Since Fetterman had a major stroke where, in his own words, he “almost died,” voters should have the opportunity to see Fetterman’s mental and physical capacity to lead the nation.
Instead, NBC seems to be pushing to have censor these episodes of slurred speech. The person in question of “doctoring” the video is Greg Price, a senior digital strategist at X Strategies, a conservative consulting firm. Price responded to the NBC story with this tweet:
So NBC News decided to accuse me of doctoring videos of John Fetterman that I posted. (I didn't doctor anything)
They also reached out to Twitter to try and get them censored.
And the bastards didn't even include my full comment! pic.twitter.com/Sq1LtxNa1R
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 14, 2022
Leading up to the election between Oz and Fetterman, Fetterman has been reluctant to speak publicly and has turned down Dr. Oz’s attempts to debate him. A Washington Free Beacon article stated, “Senate hopeful John Fetterman will skip a debate with Republican Mehmet Oz next week as he works on his “auditory processing and speech” after suffering a massive stroke.” While the rhetoric of the quote is purposefully strong, the sentiment of the quote is reasonable, Fetterman seems scared to debate.
Knowing what the public was probably thinking, Fetterman very publicly accepted the challenge to debate Dr. Oz on October 25 in a televised debate. To date, there is no official location for the debate and the two parties are feuding over terms that would make it easier for Fetterman in his condition. It is also important to note that this debate, if it really does happen on October 25, would take place just two weeks before the election and after many people would have already turned in absentee ballots.