WATCH: Racist Hurls N-Words At Wife Of Pennsylvania's Lt. Gov
Pennsylvania’s second lady, Gisele Barreto Fetterman, was accosted at a grocery store on Sunday by a woman who hurled the n-word and other insults at her, according to The Washington Post.
- The woman recognized her as the wife of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) as she waited in line. Fetterman said she had left home without her security detail — she is typically accompanied by Pennsylvania state troopers when she goes out — because “realized it was her last chance to get golden kiwis on sale at her neighborhood grocery store,” The Post reported.
“She said, ‘There’s that n-word that Fetterman married. You don’t belong here. No one wants you here. You don’t belong here,’ ” Fetterman, who was born in Brazil, said in an interview with The Washington Post.
Upset and shaken, Fetterman managed to film the woman accosting her again outside her car. She posted a video of the abuse to Twitter Sunday night, along with a description of what happened.
- Fetterman told the newspaper: “The fact that she was so comfortable and bold to just do it to my face with an audience … that was really scary.”
- And she believes President Donald Trump has played a role in emboldening people to voice their bigotry:
Fetterman said she worries people are feeling more emboldened to spread bigotry because of President Trump, who has pushed to amplify racism and sometimes engaged in racist verbal attacks on his political opponents.
“I think when you have leadership at such a high level that is so openly saying such hateful things, I think that people follow in that example or feel that it’s okay to do so,” Fetterman said.
“My neighbors are living through this and so many of our residents are having experiences like this,” Fetterman said. “No one should have to feel unsafe anywhere.”