Fox News host Tucker Carlson documented U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman’s (D-PA) political ascension during a segment on his show this week in which he highlighted the 53-year-old’s lack of real world accomplishments.
Carlson began the segment by talking about how the town of Braddock, Pennsylvania, went from being a thriving small town with manufacturing at the heart of its economy to completely collapsing once the steel mill was closed down.
“But one man saw an opportunity in Braddock, Pennsylvania, not an opportunity for the town, but an opportunity for himself,” Carlson said. “That man’s name was John Fetterman. Fetterman was 35 years old and had never in his life had a real job. Fetterman was not from Braddock, hardly, he grew up in an affluent neighborhood four hours away. Fetterman had spent his adult life going to school — first to business school then to Harvard for a so-called Masters of Public Policy, which, for the uninitiated, is an utterly meaningless document that you pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to get in order to tell people that you went to Harvard. But in Fetterman’s case, it wasn’t expensive at all. It was free. His dad paid for it and paid for everything else. As the Philadelphia Inquirer put it, for a long stretch, lasting well into his 40s, deep into middle age, Fetterman’s main source of income came from his parents; they gave him and his family $54,000 in 2015 alone. In other words, John Fetterman was a classic trustafarian, a flaky middle-aged man looking for a purpose in life. And in Braddock, Pennsylvania, he found one.”
“In 2005, a year after arriving in Braddock, Fetterman announced he was running for mayor, and amazingly, boldly, given that he was a professional student living off his rich family, John Fetterman decided to run as a blue collar populist,” Carlson continued. “But the media asked no questions. They loved it. In John Fetterman, the media saw themselves; he was just like them. So Fetterman narrowly won the race, and then the campaign to boost John Fetterman’s career began in earnest. The Guardian newspaper described John Fetterman as the ‘coolest mayor’ in the country. The New York Times told its readers, who didn’t know any better, that John Fetterman had ‘turned the busted town of Braddock, PA, into a national symbol of hope, hard work, and authentic blue jeans.’ How inspiring! Fetterman thought it was.”
“He went on a national tour to brag about how he was singlehandedly saving this benighted Milltown in western Pennsylvania. He gave a TED talk — of course he did — about how he was running Braddock using the lessons that he learned at Harvard. In 2011, he went — of course he did — to the Aspen Ideas Festival to further brag. Here’s what he said: ‘We created the first art gallery in the four-town region with artist studios; we did public art installations. And I don’t know if you consider an art exactly, but I consider growing organic vegetables in the shadow of a steel mill an art, and that has attracted homesteading.’ It’s so perfect — homesteading, organic vegetables, art installations, and also again inevitably, a heaping dose of climate theology all imported from Harvard,” Carlson continued. “So Fetterman imposed, on a town with no jobs, carbon caps on Braddock, Pennsylvania, and he claimed these carbon caps would somehow — he never explained how — bring more manufacturing jobs back. He called this initiative, ‘carbon caps equals hard hats.’ So expensive, unreliable energy will mean more manufacturing jobs. And yet somehow, no one laughed at him. So John Fetterman kept going. In a 2009 advertisement for himself, he promised that ‘with a smart economically viable carbon cap policy in place, communities like Braddock can begin to build its manufacturing and middle class back up. This whole notion that we can continue to operate as we have been and ignore climate change is ludicrous.’ They loved it at the Aspen Institute.”
“And to be fair, John Fetterman did not ignore climate change. He talked about climate change endlessly. He made climate change the centerpiece of his administration in Braddock, Pennsylvania,” Carlson continued, later adding: “So what happened next? This is always our favorite part of the story. What were the results? How did Braddock, Pennsylvania, fare under the leadership of John Fetterman? That’s really the only question that matters. And again, we want to be as fair and objective as we can be. So we’re going to tell you that under his tenure as mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, the seas did not rise. That is true. Braddock is still on dry land. Of course, it’s very far from the ocean, but it’s still dry. So his climate policy worked. He can be proud of that. Unfortunately, everything else fell apart in Braddock. People kept fleeing. Braddock’s population is currently at its lowest level ever recorded.”
It’s now considered impolite to mention the fact that John Fetterman is completely incapable of representing Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate. That’s fine with the people who run the Democratic Party of course. They just want the power.https://t.co/jr0vWPjIqD pic.twitter.com/BXjqS223bX
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) September 8, 2022