Freshman Sen. John Fetterman, who has been a gin of controversy since he came to the nation’s capital in January, ignited another firestorm of criticism for comments he made earlier in the week regarding the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations between the White House and the GOP-controlled House.
During a news conference, Fetterman claimed that the 14th Amendment, which was ratified in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War and extended citizenship to former slaves while granting all Americans “equal protection of the laws,” was primarily intended for debt negotiations.
His remarks came as he and a handful of other far-left Democrats push President Joe Biden to invoke the amendment to bypass GOP resistance so the government could pay the nation’s debts, though legal and political experts say such a move would not pass judicial muster.
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