Controversial statement from Fetterman: Disruption 'makes you an a--hole'

 April 19, 2024

Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) criticized in a strong-worded message published on X Tuesday anti-Israel extremists who have recently blocked bridges or shouted at Starbucks employees and customers. 

Fetterman issued a response to a video that was published on Sunday and captured demonstrators entering a Starbucks in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while carrying a megaphone and adorned in Palestinian flags and other symbolic symbols, as Fox News reported.

Fetterman's statements are in conflict with much of the Democrat party, including many of his colleagues in the Senate.

The Protest in Question

The video depicted the protesters chanting, "Starbucks, Starbucks, you can’t hide, not ‘til we free Palestine."

"I don't know who needs to hear this, but blocking a bridge or berating folks in Starbucks isn't righteous, it just makes you an a--hole," Fetterman wrote. "Demand Hamas to send every hostage back home and surrender."

On Monday, hundreds of anti-Israel demonstrators obstructed traffic along the Golden Gate Bridge and in Oakland, California. Since then, numerous other large-scale demonstrations have emerged throughout the nation.

Monday during rush hour in Center City, Pennsylvania, dozens of demonstrators disrupted traffic in Fetterman's home state of Pennsylvania while waving Palestinian flags during a teach-in, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

As 67 people were arrested for obstruction of the highway, the Philadelphia Police Department informed the newspaper, while a coordinated group of anti-Israel protesters led a funeral procession of vehicles up I-95.

The Middle East Conflict

The demonstrations follow an attack by Iran over the weekend in which it launched hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles, and cruise missiles at Israel.

According to the Israeli military, 99 percent of the missiles and drones were intercepted by Israeli air defenses, warplanes, and a coalition of partners commanded by the United States.

On Monday, the military chief of Israel declared that his nation would react to Iran's attack; however, he refrained from providing further details regarding the timing and manner of such a response. In an effort to prevent an escalation of violence in the Middle East, world leaders advise against retaliatory actions.

More Calls From Fetterman

The following day, Fetterman urged the media to continue covering the Israeli hostages held in Gaza by pointing out that Hamas could put an end to "all of the death, destruction and misery" if it would just surrender in a video he shared with Americans.

"All of these hostages, they’ve been up on our walls for over six months and that’s exactly where they’re gonna stay until everyone is brought back home.

"And I’ll never understand why we’re not talking about that more and why there is not more stories about that in the media," Fetterman said.

"We don’t even know exactly where they are, and if they are even OK. It’s very clear that we always make sure that we always talk this and demand that and make sure until every last one is accounted for and brought back home," he continued.

"Anyone who wants peace, we have to do this and remember that if Hamas would just send everybody home and surrender, all of the death, destruction and misery in Gaza would end right now."

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