Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman has returned to the Senate after receiving treatment for clinical depression and has recently addressed conspiracy theorists who have been spreading the baseless rumor that he has been replaced by a body double.
In a video shared on Twitter, Fetterman poked fun at the fringe elements who have propagated the theory, calling it "crazy" and assuring his followers that it isn't true.
However, despite Fetterman's straightforward response, conspiracy theorists continue to peddle the falsehood. They have demanded that Fetterman provide more evidence, including holding a press conference and wearing a suit, to prove that he is who he says he is.
You can hear what Fetterman said in the video below.
“During my time during the hospital, the fringy fringies really came up with a conspiracy theory that I have a body double. And I just want you to know that’s just crazy. That’s not true.”
The next moment, a second "Fetterman" walked into the room and the body double shennanigans began.
“Yo, dude, John, what event am I supposed to be doing this afternoon?"
Fetterman's recent health issues have also led his opponents to question his fitness for public office. But Fetterman has been frank and open about his mental health struggles and has shared his experience to encourage others to seek help.
Fetterman's humorous response to the baseless conspiracy theory has been praised by his supporters as a way to combat fake news and misinformation.
By refusing to take the theory seriously, Fetterman has shown that he is not afraid to tackle fringe elements that seek to undermine public trust in politicians and institutions.
The Senator's return to the Senate after a six-week absence due to clinical depression has also raised awareness of mental health issues among public officials. Fetterman's frankness about his condition has been lauded as a positive step towards removing the stigma surrounding mental health and encouraging others to seek help when they need it.
As Fetterman continues to serve in public office, his experience serves as a reminder of the importance of mental health awareness and the need to combat misinformation and fake news.