Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman recently punched back afters Fox News clown Tucker Carlson insulted him over his tattoos. Fetterman has recently pulled ahead of his Donald Trump-endorsed opponent, Mehmet Oz.

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Carlson rudely attacke Fetterman for having tattoos he believes are “fake” and portrayed the Pennsylvania lieutenant governor as weak on crime in on of his opening monologues on his show earlier this month. Ironically, Carlson, with a net worth around $30 million and heir to an even bigger fortune, also accused Fetterman of being a fake blue-collar populist.

“All your stupid little fake tattoos, it’s a costume, of course. Duh, it’s not real,” said Carlson, smugly.

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Over the weekend, Fetterman set the record straight in an NBC op-ed, pointing out that the tattoos Tuker Carlson mocked on his show are very real and commemorate people killed in violent crimes when he was mayor Braddock, PA:

“Tucker Carlson wants to talk about my tattoos. So let’s talk about them. I have nine dates tattooed on my right forearm. Each one is a day on which someone died violently in Braddock, Pennsylvania, while I was mayor. Gun violence and violent crime might be jokes to someone like Carlson, but they are very real to people in towns like Braddock.”

Fetterman recalled some of the violent deaths represented in his tattoos, including Christopher Williams, who he said was “shot dead delivering pizzas,” and 23-month-old Nyia Page, sexually assaulted and left to die in the snow by her own father.

Fetterman continued by noting the tattoos are “not some ‘costume,” but are “reminders of the people we have lost and what I am fighting for.”

PA Lt. Gov John Fetterman via Flickr / Gov Tom Wolf

He concluded by saying that the stories of the people “whose lives we tragically lost still are with me every single day — not just on my arm but in every decision I make as an elected official…They remind me of why I am here and why I’m doing this.”

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