Sen. John Fetterman’s (D-PA) wife was slammed on social media Friday after she revealed that the first thing she did after her husband was hospitalized with severe depression was flee the country to go on a vacation.
Fetterman checked himself into a hospital last week for a multi-week inpatient treatment regimen after the attending physician of the United States Congress recommended that he do so.
Gisele Fetterman, who lived illegally in the U.S. for more than a decade, said that she took the family to Canada for a vacation after leaving her husband in the hospital.
“I am not really sure how to navigate this journey but am figuring it out slowly,” she said. “1 week ago today when the news dropped, the kids were off from school and media trucks circled our home. I did the first thing I could think of … pack them in the car and drive.”
I am not really sure how to navigate this journey but am figuring it out slowly. 1 week ago today when the news dropped, the kids were off from school and media trucks circled our home. I did the first thing I could think of … pack them in the car and drive.
— Gisele Barreto Fetterman (@giselefetterman) February 24, 2023
Gisele Fetterman faced intense criticism online over the move, which many said was indicative of narcissistic behavior.
Defense of Freedom Institute spokeswoman Angela Morabito tweeted, “She abandoned her husband in the hospital, took her kids to another country, and wants you to believe she’s inspirational.”
Michael Duncan of the Cavalry public affairs firm tweeted, “In any good prenup this behavior would immediately annul the marriage,” adding, “I still can’t believe [the tweet is] real, this is textbook malignant narcissist behavior.”
Seattle-based conservative radio host Jason Rantz tweeted: “Sen. John Fetterman’s (D-PA) wife brags about abandoning her husband in the hospital and fleeing the country on vacation while he battles severe depression.”
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NBC News reporter Dasha Burns said last week that senior aides to Fetterman have indicated that “it’s been difficult to distinguish the stroke from the depression – saying it’s hard to tell at times if Fetterman is ‘not hearing you, or is he sort of crippled by his depression and social anxiety.’”
“A senior aide tells me both the staff and Fetterman himself were taken by surprise by the severe onset of depression,” she added. “The aide also says this hasn’t compromised his ability to do the job going forward, and he will be back to work once he has taken care of his mental health.”
The New York Times reported earlier this month that Fetterman was struggling with “serious mental health” issues and often cannot understand the words that others are saying to him following the stroke that nearly killed him last year.