‘Young Turks’ Host Upset With Fetterman
Democratic Senator John Fetterman of Pennsylvania has come under fire from progressive political commentator Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks, who accused him of being a “fraud” and turning into a Republican.
The criticism stems from Fetterman’s recent comments about his alma mater, Harvard University, and his stance on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
In an interview published by Semafor, Fetterman expressed his disappointment with Harvard, saying that he no longer recognizes the institution where he graduated 25 years ago. He referred to Harvard as “pinko” and cited its perceived shift towards more progressive ideals. This statement did not sit well with Uygur, who took to social media to voice his objections.
Uygur’s main bone of contention with Fetterman, however, was his take on the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Fetterman stated that he would not be surprised to see more Democratic members of Congress calling for a ceasefire in the war. Uygur criticized Fetterman for not calling for Hamas to surrender. He argued that if Hamas were to lay down its arms, the violence and misery could finally come to an end.
The Young Turks host further accused Fetterman of turning his back on progressive ideals and embracing the establishment. He tweeted, “This is why people lose hope because of frauds like Fetterman. You work hard to get a progressive elected, and they turn into Republicans instantly.”
Uygur also suggested that a poll be conducted to gauge Fetterman’s approval ratings in Pennsylvania, speculating that they might have decreased significantly since he became a vocal supporter of the establishment and the Biden administration’s policies.
This is not the first time that Fetterman has faced criticism from Uygur. In a tweet in December last year, he called Fetterman “worse than useless” and accused him of being a “counterproductive poser.” Uygur asserted that Fetterman, who was once seen as a beacon of hope for progressives, had now become an enthusiastic mouthpiece for the establishment, attacking anyone who challenged the Biden administration or those in positions of power.
Fetterman’s comments have also sparked a debate among progressives about the role of Democrats in the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. Some have criticized Fetterman for not taking a stronger stance against the actions of the Israeli government, while others have defended his statements, arguing that he was not wrong in calling for a ceasefire and an end to the violence.
In response to the criticism, Fetterman stood by his statements and reiterated his support for a ceasefire. In a tweet, he wrote, “I stand by my remarks and call for a ceasefire in the Middle East. I condemn Hamas for their violence and believe that all parties involved must take steps towards peace, including Israel.” He also clarified that his comments about Harvard were not meant to suggest that he was not a progressive, stating that he still believes in progressive ideals.
It remains to be seen how Fetterman’s statements and his response to the criticism will impact his approval ratings and his standing in the progressive community.
As the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues to escalate, it is likely that Fetterman’s stance on the issue will continue to be scrutinized, and his comments will be closely monitored by both his supporters and critics.