Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who just returned to the Senate after several months of absence for what her handlers claim was a bad case of the shingles, appeared confused and sickly when speaking with reporters on Tuesday afternoon — where she claimed that she had been at work in the Senate the entire time.
Nancy Pelosi is 83
McConnell is 81
Joe Biden is 80
Dianne Feinstein is 89
America is a Gerontocracy pic.twitter.com/9V79oP5nnv
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) May 10, 2023
After being wheeled back into the Senate last week, the 89-year-old senator spoke with reporters — revealing that, while she may be physically present at work, she may not be mentally present.
Dianne Feinstein is 89 and clearly isn’t doing well.
It isn’t cruel to expect our leaders to be physically able to carry out the job they were elected to do — it’s cruel to keep them in office when they are incapable of doing so. pic.twitter.com/SGjLa14tgJ
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) May 10, 2023
Feinstein’s comments came after she had voted against a Republican bill to block a radical policing law in the District of Columbia, though the Republicans’ efforts were ultimately successful.
Jim Newell, a reporter at far-left outlet Slate, asked the aging Democrat senator how she was feeling.
“Oh, I’m feeling fine. I have a problem with the leg,” Feinstein said from her wheelchair.
After another reporter asked a follow-up question about the nature of her health problems, she stated: “Well, nothing that’s anyone’s concern but mine.”
Feinstein was then asked about her May 10 return to the Senate, and the well-wishes she received from colleagues in the Senate.
Appearing confused, the Democrat senator asked: “What have I heard about what?”
“About your return,” the reporter replied.
“I haven’t been gone,” Feinstein claimed. “You should… I haven’t been gone. I’ve been working.”
One reporter tried to give the Democrat senator a chance for her comment to make sense, asking: “You’ve been working from home is what you’re saying?”
“No, I’ve been here,” Feinstein falsely claimed, seemingly becoming more agitated. “I’ve been voting. Please, you either know or don’t know.”
The aging senator’s handlers then quickly wheeled her away from the reporters, likely to avoid more incoherent comments.
Feinstein was first allegedly diagnosed with shingles on February 26 and was hospitalized until March 6. She has apparently been in recovery ever since, and was allowed to go back to the Senate on May 10 — though a doctor prescribed her a “lighter schedule.”
A statement allegedly from Feinstein was released around the time of her return, which noted that she was “still experiencing temporary side effects from the virus including vision and balance impairments.”
The statement obviously failed to mention Feinstein’s well-documented cognitive decline.
For example, in April 2022, an unnamed congressional lawmaker from California told the San Francisco Chronicle that they had personally witnessed a significant change in Feinstein’s behavior that could be attributed to cognitive decline.
“I have worked with her for a long time and long enough to know what she was like just a few years ago: always in command, always in charge, on top of the details, basically couldn’t resist a conversation where she was driving some bill or some idea,” the unnamed lawmaker said. “All of that is gone.”
“She was an intellectual and political force not that long ago, and that’s why my encounter with her was so jarring,” the lawmaker added. “Because there was just no trace of that.”
"Just like “Weekend at Bernie’s,” the real story about Feinstein or Fetterman or Biden isn’t about the corpse so much as about the dudes propping it up; in the Washington version, none of the people orchestrating the ruse are accountable to voters." https://t.co/2oWryDZj9G
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) May 15, 2023