A CNN medical expert has accused Democrat John Fetterman’s campaign of hiding the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate’s “significant neurological injury” from voters.
The network’s medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner criticized Fetterman’s campaign for not disclosing specifics about Fetterman’s health.
Speaking with CNN host Jake Tapper, Dr. Reiner, a cardiologist and medical expert, said he admired Fetterman for getting on the debate stage, despite suffering from severe impairments.
Reiner said Fetterman displays symptoms of “pretty significant neurologic injury.”
Unfortunately, Fetterman’s prognosis — a relevant question considering he could win election to the U.S. Senate — remains unknown because his campaign has not been transparent, Reiner added.
“Part of the problem is that the campaign was opaque,” Reiner explained.
“They didn’t really disclose the degree of his illness.
“We don’t really know how sick he was.
“In fact, his treating physicians were never made available — to the press or the public.
“So, we don’t really know how much Mr. Fetterman has actually recovered.”
Adding that Fetterman “might have had a massive event,” he said the lack of transparency makes it impossible to know “how far he can go.”
“There is no sin in having a stroke,” Reiner said.
“There’s a lot of honor in the dogged determination that it takes to recover.
“And I admire that.
“What I don’t admire is the way sort of the campaign has handled the disclosure of his illness.”
After the debate on Tuesday night, Dr. Reiner tweeted that “it was wrong” to put Fetterman in that position.
Indeed, subjecting a recent stroke victim to the perils of a major campaign with national implications reveals a lot about what political parties are willing to do to hold on to power.
That, of course, is the Republican criticism about Democrats pushing Fetterman as a viable candidate to serve in the U.S. Senate for the next six years.
The Pennsylvania lieutenant governor admitted Wednesday that debating Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz was not easy.
“To be honest, doing that debate wasn’t exactly easy,” he said, CNN reported.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy having a stroke after five months.
“In fact, I don’t think that’s ever been done before in American political history.”