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Wife of Pennsylvania’s Lt. Governor known as racist slur at grocery retailer

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The spouse of Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor stated she was topic to a racist verbal assault at a grocery retailer on Sunday.Gisele Barreto Fetterman, spouse to Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, stated the incident occurred when she went to purchase some kiwis near her home exterior Pittsburgh.“I ran to the local grocery store and was met by and verbally assaulted by this woman who repeatedly told me I do not belong here,” she wrote on Twitter.Fetterman is a Brazilian immigrant who was previously undocumented. In the quick video she posted of a part of the incident, an unidentified girl is seen flattening her masks in a parking zone and calling Fetterman the n-word. Fetterman recorded the second from inside her automobile, however stated the assault started inside the shop after the girl acknowledged her.“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 informed The Washington Post. “The fact that she was so comfortable and bold to just do it to my face with an audience…that was really scary.”“It was a really long time of really living in the shadows and being really scared of every knock at the door,” she stated of her time as an undocumented immigrant. “To then being at a place where I’m so grateful that I can vote and that I get called for jury duty and I can finally belong to this country that I love so much — to then having these moments where I completely feel unwelcome all over again and scared.”On Twitter, Fetterman, whose husband was elected in 2018, said the incident was an example of the division in her state and throughout the country.“This behavior and this hatred is taught. If you know her, if she is your neighbor or relative, please, please teach her love instead,” she wrote.Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey tweeted his help for Fetterman, writing on Sunday night that, “It’s on us to teach our children kindness, acceptance and inclusion, and condemn hate whenever and wherever we see it.”

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