Amid Leftist Criticism, Fetterman Says He’s ‘Not A Progressive’

After being criticized by leftists over his stances on the ongoing Middle East war and the southern border crisis, Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) said he’s “not a progressive.”

“I’m not a progressive,” Fetterman recently told NBC News. “I just think I’m a Democrat that is very committed to choice and other things. But with Israel, I’m going to be on the right side of that. And immigration is something near and dear to me, and I think we do have to effectively address it as well.”

Fetterman has distanced himself from his party on the issue surrounding the war between Israel and Hamas, a terrorist organization.

The Pennsylvania congressman has said it’s the Holy Land’s right to “eliminate the Hamas terrorists who slaughtered innocent men, women, and children.” Unlike many Democrats, Fetterman has refused to call for a ceasefire in the conflict, rattling the radical left.

In October 2023, hundreds of anti-Israel protesters descended upon Fetterman’s office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, demanding he call for a ceasefire.

Fetterman has also been questioned multiple times on his refusal to back a ceasefire.

Even 16 of the Pennsylvania lawmakers’ former staffers sent a letter demanding an explanation regarding his stance on Israel, calling it “a gutting betrayal.”

Further angering the left, Fetterman told NBC News that although he’s pro-immigration, there must be policies in place to reduce the number of illegal immigrants entering the U.S.

“It’s a reasonable conversation — until somebody can say there’s an explanation on what we can do when 270,000 people are being encountered on the border, not including the ones, of course, that we don’t know about,” the Pennsylvania senator said. “To put that in reference, that is essentially the size of Pittsburgh, the second-largest city in Pennsylvania.”

As the White House seeks to provide Ukraine with billions of more dollars in military aid, along with Israel, Senate Republicans have said that they’d only approve additional funding for the European country if reforms are made to the U.S.’s currently broken immigration system — a move Fetterman described as “not ideal” but a conversation “we should have.”

“Progressives better do that because we can’t leave Israel — we can’t sell them out, and we can’t sell Ukraine out, and we have to deliver on this,” Fetterman told NBC News. “I just would very much like to get a deal to deliver this critical aid.”