Governor Ron DeSantis does not have a high opinion of the Senate changing their dress code to accommodate Pennsylvania Democrat Senator John Fetterman.
"Did you guys hear the U.S. Senate just eliminated its dress code," said DeSantis at a Press Conference in Jacksonville today. "Because you got this guy from Pennsylvania who's got a lot of problems, let's just be honest."
DeSantis is referring to Fetterman, who often struggles to speak intelligibly and wears shorts and hoodies in the U.S. Senate. Fetterman beat Trump-endorsed GOP candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz in a year where Democrats were extremely unpopular and a "Red Wave" was expected to thrust Republicans into power in the House and Senate. Republicans did not take the Senate and only barely captured the House.
🔥JUST NOW! DeSantis BLASTS the US Senate for changing their dress code to accommodate John Fetterman so he can wear his hoodie!
Says Fetterman won cuz PA voters REJECTED Trump’s pick, Dr. Oz.
“We need to be lifting up our standards in this country, not dumbing down!” pic.twitter.com/AnibLasDMg
— Chris Nelson 🇺🇸 🏝 (@ReOpenChris) September 18, 2023
DeSantis said Pennsylvanians elected Fetterman because they did not like Dr. Oz.
"[Fetterman] got elected because they didn't like the alternative," said DeSantis. "He wears like sweatshirts and hoodies and shorts, and that's his thing, so he would campaign in that. Which is your prerogative if that's what you want to do. But to show up in the United States Senate with that and not have the decency to put on proper attire. I think it's disrespectful to the body."
Axios reported yesterday that Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer quietly relaxed the informal dress code by instructing the Sargent at Arms to not enforce it anymore.
"I think the fact that the Senate changed the rules to accommodate that, I think speaks very poorly to how they consider that," said DeSantis. "We need to be lifting up our standards in this country, not dumbing down our standards in this country. This is an example why."
Fetterman replied on DeSantis on X saying, "I dress like he campaigns."