- Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz are running for US Senate in Pennsylvania.
- Fetterman’s health became a focal point of the race after he suffered a stroke in May.
- Donald Trump Jr. joked Fetterman on Sunday, saying he didn’t have a “working brain.”
Donald Trump Jr. mocked Senate candidate John Fetterman about his stroke, saying he didn’t have a “working brain,” deepening Republican attacks on Fetterman’s health in a tight race.
The eldest son of former President Donald Trump made the comments during his father’s “Save America” rally in Miami, Florida, Sunday night in the run-up to the midterm elections.
“I believe that if you’re going to be a U.S. senator, you have to have basic cognitive function,” he told the crowd. “It doesn’t seem so unreasonable – to have a working brain.”
“Today we are up against a Democratic party that does not believe that a US senator should not have porridge for the brain.”
Trump’s attack was one of the most aggressive and derogatory in a campaign where Fetterman’s health has been a major issue.
A spokesperson for Fetterman did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Fetterman, currently the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, is running against Republican challenger and celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz. You can read Insider’s full preview of their race here.
He suffered a stroke in May and developed an auditory processing disorder. A doctor’s note he released last month said Fetterman was recovering well and could hold public office.
Fetterman took issue with some of his sentences in a heated debate with Oz last month, which he then acknowledged, telling the crowd: “Let’s also talk about the elephant in the room: I had a stroke.”
“He will never let me forget it,” he added of his opponent.
Fetterman’s health was a major focal point during the race and many GOP figures, including Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, mocked him for it.
The Oz campaign also repeatedly questioned Fetterman’s ability to serve and insisted he provide a regular update on his health.
“If John Fetterman had ever eaten a vegetable in his life, then maybe he wouldn’t have had a massive stroke and he wouldn’t have been in the position of constantly having to lie about it,” said a senior communications adviser to Oz’s campaign said earlier this year to widespread condemnation.
Oz has pulled closer to Fetterman in recent weeks, according to polls compiled by the data site FiveThirtyEight, with a negligible difference between the two.
Pennsylvania is a swing state that supported Trump in the 2016 presidential election before turning around to support Biden by 1.2 points in the 2020 election.