“Swimming in America Is Racist” – Oct. 28, 2023

By Neirin Gray Desai For Dailymail.Com21:53 EDT 27 Oct 2022 , updated 10:36 EDT 28 Oct 2022

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  • Fetterman’s wife claimed she used his pool to teach minority children to swim
  • In a podcast on Thursday Gisele Fetterman said ‘swimming in America is racist’ 
  • Media ‘missed a mark’ responding to her husband’s need for captions in debate

John Fetterman’s wife has revealed she believes swimming is historically ‘very racist’ and turned the pool at the lieutenant governor’s residence in Pennsylvania into public facility to teach water safety to minority children. 

Gisele Fetterman, wife of Democratic Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman, appeared on the iGen politics podcast on Thursday and discussed her work as Second Lady of the state.

Her appearance came just days after her husband faced Republican candidate Dr Oz in a TV debate in which he frequently garbled his words – an issue widely attributed to a stroke he suffered five months ago.

Early in the podcast she told listeners that her family turned down the lieutenant governor’s mansion but wanted to make use of the pool because ‘historically, swimming in America is very racist.’

Later in the interview she defended the fact that her husband used closed captions during his debate with Oz, comparing requiring them in a debate to having to turn up the brightness on a phone.

She said that she thought the media ‘missed a mark’ in the way it responded to her husband’s requirement and branded it as ‘ableism’.  

Gisele Fetterman appeared on the iGen Politics podcast hosted by Jill Wine-Banks and Victor Shi - where she said that swimming is historically very racist in the US
Gisele Fetterman appeared on the iGen Politics podcast hosted by Jill Wine-Banks and Victor Shi – where she said that swimming is historically very racist in the US 
Gisele Barreto Fetterman pictured with her husband John Fetterman
Gisele Barreto Fetterman pictured with her husband John Fetterman 
John Fetterman and his wife Gisele in front of the swimming pool at the lieutenant governor¿s residence in Pennsylvania. She claimed she wanted to turn the swimming pool into the 'people's pool and ensure that young people across Pennsylvania could learn how to swim'
John Fetterman and his wife Gisele in front of the swimming pool at the lieutenant governor¿s residence in Pennsylvania. She claimed she wanted to turn the swimming pool into the ‘people’s pool and ensure that young people across Pennsylvania could learn how to swim’ 
During Tuesday's debate Oz repeatedly raised the issue of crime while Fetterman attempted to portray Oz as out of touch with the average Pennsylvanian, suggesting that he owns 10 homes
During Tuesday’s debate Oz repeatedly raised the issue of crime while Fetterman attempted to portray Oz as out of touch with the average Pennsylvanian, suggesting that he owns 10 homes 
Fetterman and his wife, who is the Second Lady of Pennsylvania - a title reserved for the wife of the state's lieutenant governor
Fetterman and his wife, who is the Second Lady of Pennsylvania – a title reserved for the wife of the state’s lieutenant governor 

Gisele Fetterman began the podcast by listing the work she was involved with as the Second Lady of Pennsylvania – a title reserved for the wife of the state’s lieutenant governor.

She tells listeners that for the second time in Pennsylvania history her family chose to reject the opportunity to stay in the tax payer-funded residence in Lebanon County.

‘While we did not want the mansion, that mansion came with a pool and the pool I wanted,’ she said.

‘The dream was to open this pool and make it a public pool, turn it into the people’s pool and ensure that young people across Pennsylvania could learn how to swim and learn water safety and kind of work to right some of the wrongs,’ she added.

Gisele Fetterman then seemed to make allusions to the fact that people in minority ethnic groups are more likely to die swimming.

‘Historically, swimming in America is very racist and usually when you look at drowning statistics it usually affects children of color because of lack of access,’ she said.

'Historically, swimming in America is very racist and usually when you look at drowning statistics it usually affects children of color because of lack of access,' Gisele said in an iGen politics podcast
‘Historically, swimming in America is very racist and usually when you look at drowning statistics it usually affects children of color because of lack of access,’ Gisele said in an iGen politics podcast 
During Tuesday's debate Fetterman addressed that he had suffered from a stoke at the start, saying: 'Let's also talk about the elephant in the room, I had a stroke'
During Tuesday’s debate Fetterman addressed that he had suffered from a stoke at the start, saying: ‘Let’s also talk about the elephant in the room, I had a stroke’ 
Gisele Fetterman told listeners of the podcast that for the second time in Pennsylvania history her family chose to reject the opportunity to stay in the tax payer-funded residence in Lebanon County
Gisele Fetterman told listeners of the podcast that for the second time in Pennsylvania history her family chose to reject the opportunity to stay in the tax payer-funded residence in Lebanon County 

Fetterman’s wife goes on later in the interview to criticize the way the media responded to her husband’s requirement to read from a script during his TV debate against Oz on Tuesday.

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‘I don’t know if its lack of exposure or lack of education. I think the media certainly needs more training,’ she said, adding: ‘You know they talk about their investments in diversity but they really missed the mark.’

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