Near-death experience 'freed' Fetterman to speak out on departure from progressivism

 June 10, 2024

Democratic Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman recently made an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" to discuss his political journey since taking office, during which he firmly said that progressivism has finally "left me," as Fox News reported.

Near the start of the interview, which took place late last week, the host of "Real Time" praised the freshman senator for repeatedly going against the ideology of the extreme left wing of the Democratic Party.

From Maher

The host told the first term senator that he speaks "like what politicians who I get on this show- who aren't in politics anymore, the ones who are out of office when they can be honest and that's the way you speak now and it's a beautiful thing.

"You speak for a lot of Democrats that are afraid to say a lot of that stuff.  I mean, it's a lot of release for a lot of Democrats to be able to be like 'Thank God, someone's actually platforming that.'"

Continuing, the liberal comedian wanted to know if Fetterman's policy changes were influenced by his stroke recovery in 2022 and if his near-death experience had granted him a sense of "freedom."

Fetterman's Response

"Absolutely," Fetterman responded, going into detail about how his health scare had changed his way of thinking. "There's a line from the first 'Batman,' Joker's like ‘I’ve been dead once already. It's very liberating.'

"It's freeing in a way. And I just think after beating all of that, I just really [want to] be able to say the things that I have to really believe in and not be afraid of if there's any kind of blowback."

Maher asked for an explanation of what the lawmaker meant by saying last year, "I’m not a progressive; I'm just a regular Democrat" and how he separates himself from progressivism.

Fetterman on Progressivism

"I didn't leave the label, it left me on that," Fetterman said. "After what happened on October 7, I really knew that whole progressive stack would be blasted apart and there would not be any kind of way how the Democrats are going to be able to reply to that kind of response...

"And I really decided early on that I believe that was gonna be the right side with Israel throughout all of that…. Democrats would continue to peel away and kind of walk away from standing with Israel on that."

The host then asked Fetterman to explain, if he was able, about those in the party that elected him, the Democratic party, about how they've abandoned the nation of Israel, which he described as " always a liberal darling for the people who- the terrorist organization who outwardly say they want a genocide, who outwardly are on the one side who is against the two-state solution.

On Israel

Mehar didn't pull any punches, saying, "Why do you think that is, and will this split the Democrat party?"

Fetterman responded, saying "I think you talked about that like last week. You really hit with the gender apartheid.

"Some of the most progressive and left parts of the Democratic Party are standing for the kind of side that have kinds of organizations like Hamas or these kinds of nations that there are no rights for women and they certainly don't embrace the LGBTQ kinds of lifestyle."

"And even in Philadelphia, the Queers for Palestine blocked the Pride Parade in Philadelphia, and I never saw that on the Bingo card," Fetterman quipped.

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