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Another day, another viral internet rumor has sprung up, causing a flurry of speculation about Senator John Fetterman’s increasingly poor health.

Former NYC police officer John Cardillo took to Twitter and claimed that his sources informed him that John Fetterman is currently “braindead.”

Cardillo also went on on to suggest that Mr. Fetterman’s dire state is being “hidden” from the public in order to keep him in office past August 18th to avoid a “special election,” which John says, “Republicans would most certainly win.”

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The tweet, which has garnered over 4 milion views and counting, received a Twitter “fact check” notice, claiming the “August 18th” special election date is not accurate.

The  Twitter fact check cites a PDF document located on everycrsreport which details the process when a Pennsylvania senate seat is vacated:

Thirty-six of the 45 states that provide for gubernatorial appointment authorize their governors to select a Senator who holds the seat until the next regularly scheduled statewide general election, when a special election is held to fill the seat for the balance of the term.

As with all rumors, truth and facts get lost in the shuffle.

Here’s what we do know that the media has claimed: Fetterman checked himself into the hospital after suffering a bout of severe depression. According to doctors, he will be hospitalized for several weeks.


Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., will receive inpatient hospital care for a few weeks as he seeks treatment for clinical depression, a senior staffer for the senator told CNBC on Friday.

The expected length of Fetterman’s hospital stay was shared hours after his office revealed that the 53-year-old freshman lawmaker checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Wednesday night.

Fetterman suffered a life-threatening stroke on the campaign trail last year, and he has continued to experience health issues in office. He was hospitalized last week after feeling lightheaded, though doctors ruled out the possibility that he suffered a second stroke, his office said at the time.

“While John has experienced depression off and on throughout his life, it only became severe in recent weeks,” Fetterman’s chief of staff, Adam Jentleson, said in a statement.

“After examining John, the doctors at Walter Reed told us that John is getting the care he needs, and will soon be back to himself,” Jentleson said in that statement released Thursday afternoon.

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That article was written on February 17th, and if accurate, Mr. Fetterman could remain hospitalized through March.

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro said he’s yet to receive any demands from Democrats to ask Fetterman to step down. He also made it clear that if he does receive requests to replace Fetterman, he will dismiss them “immediately.”

As of now, there is no evidence to support John Cardillo’s tweet about Senator Fetterman being “braindead” or a special election being held in August.

Could it be true that Fetterman is braindead? Anything is possible, but there are no other confirmed sources indicating that at the moment.

However, this tweet has caused such an enormous whirlwind of speculation and is spawning even more rumors involving Fetterman’s family, so it would probably behoove Team Fetterman to put out an official statement and a current video of the senator.

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