https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/john-fetterman-tells-maher-that-near-death-experience-freed-him-to-speak-out-says-progressivism-left-me/ar-BB1nS49V

From the article:

The liberal comedian then asked Fetterman whether his shift in various policies had anything to do with his recovery from his 2022 stroke, asking if his near-death experience had given him a “freedom.”

“Absolutely,” Fetterman responded. “There’s a line from the first ‘Batman,’ Joker’s like ‘I’ve been dead once already. It’s very liberating.'”

“It’s freeing in a way. And I just think after beating all of that, I just really [want to] be able to say the things that I have to really believe in and not be afraid of if there’s any kind of blowback.”

So basically yes, the stroke made him a Republican. Pathetic and disappointing, but all too predictable.

  • Sgt_choke_n_stroke@lemmy.world
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    I told my inlaws about that “it takes brain damage to be a republican”

    Then proceeded to ask would they vote for him now that you agree with his positions. Both of them said no “because he’s a democrat”

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    This just in: Brain damage leads to conservative values. Conservative votes still matter as much or more than yours. More at 11.

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      it’s usually simpler than that. conservatives pay more than liberals.

      i know a few leftists who have now gone hard right… because they got paid more to spout conservative conspiracy nonsense than they did liberal/socialist stuff.

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        It must be so easy to grift money out of conservatives. Just spout some conspiracy theory about how ‘they’ are actually behind the bad things in the world and watch the money pour in, regardless of how little sense it makes.

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          How are you grifting them when you’re doing exactly what they’re paying you to do?

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          I’ve semi-seriously considered asking my wife if we should start selling Trump /F-biden etc merchandise on etsy. I feel like we could be making huge profits on stuff we cobble together from the clearance rack at the craft store and a tiny bit of elbow grease. A little red white and blue, some aged (or faux aged) wood, maybe a little cowboy hat, the word Trump…

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        In line with this, there’s also an immense left-to-far-right pipeline in media simply because the left will hold you accountable even if you agree with them but the right doesn’t give a fuck as long as you say the thing.

        I listened to a podcast about one such author. I forget what about but she wrote a book based on IIRC a flawed interpretation of whatever subject leading the whole thing to be basically wrong.

        People pointed out it wrong, sales plummet, author gets butthurt and defensive, now they’re playing the antivax circuit I believe it was.

        (Sorry, the podcast was background noise for powerwash simulator so I don’t remember specifics lol)

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        When people are paying me to say things, it’s always some kind of deception. Usually I am tricking risks into thinking they’re merely costs in an elaborate post-hoc fashion.

        But it’s always a lie

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        I like that this implies the left just don’t give enough fucks to bother to pay or even fight for their values which is what is hinted at in these articles. They’re limp dicks and somehow always proud of it. I agree with the headline that people who lean left don’t have any fight in them to pull together and actually rally like they do on the right. Seen many people on the left go to stand up for some values and get destroyed. The left can’t muster anything more than “har har the right are stupid dumb dumbs” as every single person has watched the left choke for over a decade and lose tremendous ground on all their issues while the right votes in assholes like Trump who they only like because you all hate him so much.

        Its as if the left has zero concept of what a leader does socially because they all stand by as right wing snipers continue to pick off every single one of them. And each time its a loud signal to never stand up for left values publicly or you risk massive harassment from both the left and the right.

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    “There’s a line from the first ‘Batman,’ Joker’s like ‘I’ve been dead once already. It’s very liberating.'”

    You… you get that the Joker was the bad guy right? Who went on to kill a bunch of people? I guess it makes sense that this is your reasoning for becoming a republican but what a weird quote choice.

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      Dude didn’t even pick a quote from the 1 movie that attempts to cast the Joker as a sympathetic character. I swear…