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John Fetterman can now wear shorts on the Senate floor thanks to dress code rule change

Julia Terruso, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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“I couldn’t have gotten to the Senate without Bob’s support in 2022. And Bob won’t win in 2024 without help from all of us — whether you’re #TeamHoodies or #TeamSuits,” a fundraising email read.

GOP backlash

Some Republicans immediately lambasted the rule change, calling it disrespectful to the decorum of the Senate.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, on a campaign stop Monday, mentioned the dress code change.

“Did you guys hear the U.S. Senate just eliminated their dress code because you got this guy from Pennsylvania?” DeSantis said. “To show up in the United States Senate with that and not have the decency to not put on proper attire, I think it’s disrespectful.”

Fetterman shared DeSantis’ remarks on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, with the added comment “I dress like he campaigns.”


Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R., Ga.) also posted on X: “The Senate no longer enforcing a dress code for Senators to appease Fetterman is disgraceful.”

Former U. S. Rep. Justin Amash, a longtime Republican who switched to the Libertarian Party, wrote on X: “Awful. The Senate chamber isn’t your home, a gym, or an outdoor park. If you can’t dress professionally for work on the floor of the Senate of the United States, then do us all a favor and get a different job.”

Fetterman’s director of communications, Joe Calvello, responded to the change by joking about the fringe conspiracy that Fetterman has a body double.

“Great day for John Fetterman’s body double, we don’t have to buy them suits anymore.”

Later he added: “The amount of crying we are seeing from the GOP over the Senate dress code is reaching unprecedented of levels of bedwetting … truly a sight to behold to see all the Fox News snowflakes so triggered over a hoodie and shorts.”

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