In-Person Football, Pelosi and the GOP, and Gisele Fetterman’s Response to Hate: News Flash for 10/14/20
*WARNING: The story about Gisele Barreto Fetterman, Second Lady of Pennsylvania, contains a link to a video she took at the end of a racially-motivated argument, where the women in the video uses a racial epithet against her. Some readers and viewers might find this offensive and hard to listen to. Viewer discretion is advised.*
- The Philadelphia Eagles are allowing a limited number of fans into Lincoln Financial Field for their upcoming game. The stadium is allowing up to 7,500 fans to attend their upcoming game against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday. Tailgating will be prohibited and fans will be encouraged to practice social distancing. The coronavirus restrictions were lifted yesterday for the stadium to allow in-person seating, despite the state seeing around 158 new cases every day.
- Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is facing backlash after an argument with journalist Wolf Blitzer on his program “The Situation Room.” The CNN host probed Pelosi on her refusal to work with President Trump on the new proposed stimulus bill, which would supply financial aid to Americans whose work has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pelosi, visibly annoyed by the question, responded that the Republicans do not want to work with her and accused Blitzer and his colleagues of being “apologists” to the GOP. Americans are currently facing more and more financial setbacks in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and the subsequent shutdowns of businesses. The stimulus bill would supply Americans with at least $1.8 trillion in relief funds.
- Second Lady of Pennsylvania Gisele Barreto Fetterman was racially accosted in an Aldi supermarket two days ago, recording the latter part of the event and posting it to social media. The Second Lady, who usually has security with her when out in public, made a last minute trip to a local supermarket in Braddock, Pennsylvania, where her and her family live. While in line, she was recognized by a fellow shopper, called a racial epithet, and told to go back to where she came from. Fetterman, originally from Brazil, went to her car, where she was followed by the women and further berated as she drove off. Fetterman recorded the end of the verbal assault, which she posted on her Twitter account, commenting “This behavior and this hatred is taught. If you know her, if she is your neighbor or relative, please, please teach her love instead.”