John Fetterman claps back at Marjorie Taylor Greene for showing photos of Hunter Biden's 'ding-a-ling' in Congress after she slammed relaxing of Senate dress code that'll allow his favorite shorts and sweatshirt combo
- John Fetterman and Marjorie Taylor Greene engaged in a vicious spat on Twitter
- She claimed that his casual dress had sparked changes to the Senate dress code
- He replied she was not one to talk after sharing explicit Hunter Biden pictures
Greene, 49, slammed Fetterman, 54, after it was reported his casual attire - usually shorts and a hoodie - were deemed acceptable attire for the Senate floor.
Greene posted on X: 'The Senate no longer enforcing a dress code for Senators to appease Fetterman is disgraceful.
'Dress code is one of society's standards that set etiquette and respect for our institutions. Stop lowering the bar!'
Fetterman replied: 'Thankfully, the nation's lower chamber lives by a higher code of conduct: displaying ding-a-ling pics in public hearings.'
He was referring to her displayed explicit images of Hunter Biden's genitals during a House Oversight Committee hearing in July.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has removed the dress code for members of the Senate in what's seen as a way of appealing to the often casually dressed Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman (pictured in June)
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene held up posters at an Oversight hearing in July showing explicit images of hunter Biden from his laptop allegedly with prostitutes
Senator John Fetterman and Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene got into a spat after the Georgia Rep. called him out for his lax dress sense that sees him in hoodies and shorts
Fetterman's response to Greene's criticism was in relation to her previous questioning of IRS whistleblower Joseph Ziegler during a House Oversight Committee hearing earlier in the summer.
During that July hearing, Greene displayed explicit images of Hunter Biden and suggesting he had violated federal anti-human trafficking laws.
The Georgia congresswoman warned parents watching at home before her time questioning IRS whistleblowers that 'discretion is advised.'
The shocking moment went out on the C-SPAN live stream as well as other cable network channels airing the hearing, including Fox News.
'Should we be displaying this?' Democratic Ranking Member Jaime Raskin questioned at one point during crosstalk with other members of the panel.
The images from Hunter's laptop hard drive were printed on poster board that Rep. Greene held up at the hearing that showcased President Joe Biden's son engaged in sex acts with prostitutes.
'Before we begin, I would like to let the committee and everyone watching at home that parental discretion is advised,' Greene said.
The reason for showing the images, other than to shock viewers, was for Greene to ask about Hunter Biden writing off taxes for costs related to escorts, prostitutes and sex clubs.
Greene warned in July at the hearing: 'Before we begin, I would like to let the committee and everyone watching at home that parental discretion is advised'
Staff in the room at the hearing on Wednesday reacted with giggles and shock to the images Greene displayed on her poster board of the naked First Son
There are a slew of damning images from Hunter Biden's laptop that show him naked or shirtless, doing drugs and engaging in sex acts with what are allegedly escorts
Fetterman, meanwhile, who won the Pennsylvania Senate seat last year, giving Democrats a 51-49 majority in the upper chamber, has unapologetically been wearing shorts as he goes about his duties.
The senator has faced a number of health challenges, including being in hospital for lightheadedness and clinical depression earlier this year.
He is still said to suffer auditory processing issues stemming from a stroke he experienced in May 2022.
But the updated dress code now allows Fetterman to cast his votes on the Senate floor while being visible to the clerk and C-SPAN cameras. Previously he would have to shout 'Aye' or 'Nay' from the doorway of the chamber.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer clarified in a statement that senators can now choose their attire on the Senate floor, though he said he personally intended to continue wearing a suit.
'There has been an informal dress code that was enforced,' Schumer said in a statement. 'Senators are able to choose what they wear on the Senate floor. I will continue to wear a suit.'
Fetterman (seen here in May), made headlines coming forward about his six-week hospital stay for depression earlier in 2023
Schumer confirmed on Sunday that he had directed the Senate's sergeant-at-arms to stop enforcing the dress code for senators, which previously required men to wear jackets and ties.
He did not mention Fetterman in his statement about the dress code, which will only apply to senators, not staff.
The change has humorously been dubbed the 'Fetterman Rule' due to Fetterman's preference for a far more casual wardrobe.
However, there has also been outrage from some of the chamber's more formal members, eroding a bit of the good will that first-term Fetterman had earned earlier this year when he checked himself into the hospital for clinical depression.
He won bipartisan praise for being honest about his diagnosis, which came in the wake of a stroke he suffered on the campaign trail last year.
When he returned from treatment, he started donning the more casual clothes, which he says make him more comfortable.
Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall, a Republican, said 'It's a 'sad day in the Senate' and that the people who Fetterman and Schumer represent should be embarrassed.
'I represent the people of Kansas, and much like when I get dressed up to go to a wedding, it´s to honor the bride and groom, you go to a funeral you get dressed up to honor the family of the deceased,' Marshall said. Senators should have a certain level of decorum, he added.
Fetterman stands out in his hoodie during a press conference in May while his four Democratic colleagues were dressed in traditional suits and ties
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine agreed, arguing that the relaxed rules debase the institution of the Senate. 'I plan to wear a bikini tomorrow to the Senate floor,' Collins joked.
Walking to Monday evening's vote in a short-sleeved button-down shirt and shorts, Fetterman said he wasn't sure if he'd take advantage of the new rules just yet.
'It's nice to have the option, but I'm going to plan to be using it sparingly and not really overusing it,' he said.
Asked about the criticism, Fetterman feigned mock outrage.
'They're freaking out, I don't understand it,' he said of his critics. 'Like, aren't there more important things we should be working on right now instead of, you know, that I might be dressing like a slob?'
When Fetterman reached the Senate floor, he still voted from the doorway. 'Baby steps,' he told reporters as he got on the elevator to go back to his office.
Not all Republicans were upset about the change. Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley was wearing jeans, boots and no tie on Monday evening, an outfit he says he normally wears when he flies in from his home state for the first votes of the week.
'Now I can vote from the Senate floor on Mondays,' Hawley said, noting that he usually wears a suit and tie every other day.
Nearby, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy was also tieless. The Democrat said he´s been reprimanded by Sergeant-at-Arms staff in the past for not wearing a tie on the floor.
'They would tell us when we were doing it wrong,' Murphy said.
'Senators are able to choose what they wear on the Senate floor. I will continue to wear a suit,' Schumer said in a statement
It's unclear if the rules for more formal attire were actually written down anywhere, but Schumer´s directive means that staff will no longer scold senators for their choice of clothing or ask them to vote from the doorway.
For Fetterman, his signature hoodies and gym shorts were a sign of his recovery. Before he checked himself into the hospital, his staff had asked him to always wear suits, which he famously hates.
But after a check with the Senate parliamentarian upon his return in April, it became clear that he could continue wearing the casual clothes that were often his uniform back at home in Pennsylvania, as long as he didn't walk on to the Senate floor. He still wears suits to committee meetings when they are required.
In recent weeks, the Pennsylvania senator has become more comfortable joking around in the hallways and answering reporters´ questions.
His words are still halting sometimes due to his stroke and an auditory processing disorder that makes it harder to speak fluidly and process spoken conversation. He uses iPads and iPhones in conversations that transcribe spoken words in real time.
'I think we should all want to be more comfortable,' Fetterman told a group of reporters on Monday. 'And now we have that option, and if people prefer to wear a suit, then that´s great.'