Feinstein Doesn’t Remember Being Gone From Senate For 10 Weeks

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An alarming revelation that was published in the Los Angeles Times describes how Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein, who is 89 years old, doesn’t remember that she has been missing from the Senate due to illness for the past 10 weeks.

After being sick for more than two months with Shingles and its after effects, Feinstein missed 93 votes in the Senate. This caused many people, including some within her own party, to demand on her to resign from her position.

However, when a reporter asked her how other senators have responded to her return, she was insistent that she hadn’t gone anywhere. She denied that she had ever left the Senate.

“I haven’t been gone. You should … I haven’t been gone. I’ve been working,” Feinstein asserted.

“You’ve been working from home is what you’re saying?” the reporter enquired.

“No, I’ve been here. I’ve been voting. Please, either know or don’t know,” Feinstein snapped, before ending the exchange immediately.

As was highlighted by Summit News last week, Feinstein appeared not to know where she was when wheeled back into the Senate last week, asking handlers “where am I going?”

Her office has claimed that she is experiencing vision and balance difficulties, and she has complained about pain in her legs and eyes. Additionally, she has stated that she is experiencing discomfort in her legs and eyes.

It is abundantly evident that Feinstein is not qualified to hold office, and she ought to instead be at home enjoying what little time she has left in peace.

However, Democrats need to secure those votes along party lines, so wheeling her in every day is the only option.

The senator, who is 89 years old and has been absent for over three months, arrived back in Washington last week after being gone for nearly that long. Her absence had caused a standstill in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which enabled Democrats to move forward with a number of President Joe Biden’s candidates.

During that time period, a number of Democratic representatives in the House, such as New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and California’s Ro Khanna, demanded that she step down from her position.

Due to her health as well as a string of public gaffes in her cognitive capacities, Feinstein’s ability to continue serving in her current capacity has been called into question for a significant amount of time.

Insider inquired of the senator in December as to the reasoning for her decision not to run for the office of Senate president pro tempore, which is traditionally awarded to the senator from the majority party who has served in the Senate the longest.

An assistant felt compelled to step in since it appeared as though Feinstein was ignorant that she had already provided a statement regarding the subject through her office.

“Okay, well then, I guess it’s out,” said Feinstein at the time, Business Insider reported.

Feinstein made the announcement in February that she will not compete for reelection in 2024, and since then, numerous notable Democrats, including Representatives Adam Schiff, Katie Porter, and Barbara Lee, have declared their intention to run in her stead.

In January of 2025, Senator Feinstein’s current term will have ended by then, but she still has more than a year and a half left in office.


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