Just recently, Pennsylvania Lt. Governor and Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman took steps to scrub out the Black Lives Matter section of his website, as reported by Fox News this past Wednesday.
Democrats are quite hopeful that Fetterman will be able to win his race against his opponent, Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz, and end up contributing to a majority in the currently evenly split Senate. As he struggled to wade his way through the criticism over his approach to drug policy, the long-term mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, seemingly chose to call an audible concerning his website.
Just this last month, the issues page for the website spoke about the commitment from Fetterman to the organization Black Lives Matter — despite the fact that the original wording has been scrubbed from the site. “John served as mayor of a city that’s more than 80% Black, and has championed the idea that Black lives matter since long before it became a hashtag,” states an archived version of the new altered website under a section labeled “Black Lives Matter.”
Fetterman was the focal point of controversy back in 2013 in the wake of his response to what he thought to be gunfire by pulling a gun on an African-American and detaining him for an extended period until police made it to the scene — an event that has sparked quite a bit of unease throughout black voters. A full statement issued to Fox News by a spokesman for Fetterman, Joe Calvello, outright denied the idea that the campaign chose to remove all evidence of his support of Black Lives Matter, making specific reference to a “personalized video” in which the official made reference to the slogan.
“The one section you seem to be referencing was removed when we updated and greatly expanded our issues page weeks ago,” explained Calvello to Fox News Digital in a released statement. “Voters deserve to know where we stand, and we’re proud that we spell out our platform clearly on our website.”
In the wake of the death of George Floyd back in the Spring of 2020, quite a few Democratic lawmakers made reference to Black Lives Matter, a group that has gone through some very series of accusations of its leaders taking funds and embezzling contributions to its group and has embraced policies that se4ek to outright defund all police forces.
As the Democrats struggle to hold onto the control of Congress, many officials have since pulled back on their endorsements — especially after statements from Old Uncle Joe to “fund the police” within his most recent State of the Union address that sparked a standing ovation from Democrats in attendance.