John Fetterman’s Johnny Cash Song Tattoo Leaves Newt Gingrich Confused

Twitter users caught sight of Johnny Cash and Newt on the social media platform Monday after former United States House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican, tattooed John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee for the US Senate, in Pennsylvania , had questioned.

“Why would John Fesselman, candidate for the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate, have a tattoo that says ‘I’m going to hurt you’?” read a tweet Edited by Gingrich.

The tattoo in question references lyrics from the song “Hurt,” which was first released by Nine Inch Nails in 1994 and later covered and released by country singer Johnny Cash in 2002.

Cash’s version of “Hurt” appeared on his 2002 album American IV: The man comes aroundthe last album released during his lifetime.

In 2009, Fetterman spoke up Rolling Stone and spoke about the tattoos he has received, touching the tattoo that reads “I will hurt you” that was once on the top of his forearm before it was covered.

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Pictured above is John Fetterman at a rally he held with US Congressmen Madeleine Dean and Mary Gay Scanlon. A conversation about Fetterman’s tattoo sparked a conversation on Twitter.
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The magazine reported that in addition to the lyrics to the songs, Fetterman tattooed the dates of the murders in Braddock, Pennsylvania, the city where he served as mayor.

“That’s what it does to me,” Fetterman said, referring to the lyrics. “It’s very personal.”

Fetterman recently wrote an opinion piece for NBC in response to Fox News host Tucker Carlson calling his tattoos a “costume.”

He said he inked nine dates on his right forearm.

“Every is a day someone died violently in Braddock, Pennsylvania while I was mayor,” Fetterman wrote. “Gun violence and violent crime may be jokes for someone like Carlson, but they’re very real for people in cities like Braddock.”

Fetterman, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, currently embroiled in his Senate campaign, opposes Dr. Mehmed Oz.

Gingrich’s tweet, posted Sunday, prompted a response from Twitter users.

“Because it’s lyrics to the song ‘Hurt’ and he’s a fan of Nine Inch Nails or Johnny Cash who covered the NIN song?” suggested one Twitter user. “It’s lyrics about a real person with real struggles suffering from self-loathing and the fear of abandoning themselves and loved ones.”

“Because it’s a line from a song, you godless tick-like hypocrite” wrote another Twitter user. “Now try to smear Johnny Cash for singing it.”

“It’s a nod to one of those bright, wimpy urban emo hippie musician dudes you’ve never heard of, Newt.” wrote one Twitter user. “A guy named Johnny Cash.”

“Because he’s either a Johnny Cash fan or [Nine Inch Nails],” read a tweet. “Anyway, why does it matter?”

“Well, he’s either a Nine Inch Nails fan or a Johnny Cash fan.” read another tweet. “Anyway, he’s about 1000 times cooler than you.”

news week reached out to John Fetterman’s campaign for further comment.

Fetterman and Oz plan to attend a debate before the November election. Polls from early September show that Fetterman has about 48 percent support of voters, while Oz has 40 percent. John Fetterman’s Johnny Cash Song Tattoo Leaves Newt Gingrich Confused

Rick Schindler

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