Lt. governor’s wife says she was verbally assaulted while shopping at grocery store

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The wife of Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor says she was verbally assaulted while picking up some items at a grocery store near her home on Sunday.

In a post to her Twitter account, Gisele Fetterman, wife of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, said she went “to the local grocery store and was met by and verbally assaulted by this woman who repeatedly told me I do not belong here.”

*TRIGGER WARNING* I love love love this country but we are so deeply divided. 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. The confrontation continued into the parking lot where I was able to pic.twitter.com/kzSoxCVJ2x

Fetterman told Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV that she didn’t notify her security detail when she went to the Aldi on Route 30 in Forest Hills because it is only a few minutes away from her home in Braddock.

Fetterman said she was in the store when the woman, who has not been identified, began verbally harassing her with racial slurs. Fetterman is a native of Brazil.

She told the TV station that other customers heard the encounter and asked if she was OK and felt safe enough to leave the store.

Fetterman said the woman followed her to her vehicle when she left and continued to verbally assault her. She was able to capture a portion of the incident on video “after my crying winded down.”

“I love, love, love this country but we are deeply divided,” Fetterman posted on social media. “This behavior and this hatred is taught. Someone taught her this and she is likely teaching this to others. If you know her, if she is your neighbor or relative, please, please teach her love instead.”

In response to the incident, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey tweeted that people should use the incident as an opportunity to teach others.

“It’s on us to teach our children kindness, acceptance and inclusion, and condemn hate whenever and wherever we see it,” Casey said.

Today at the grocery store, PA’s Second Lady @giselefetterman was subjected to a racial slur and taunts. As she said: “this hatred is taught.” It’s on us to teach our children kindness, acceptance and inclusion, and condemn hate whenever and wherever we see it.

Nearly 300 other people posted comments on Fetterman’s Twitter account expressing sympathy and anger over the incident.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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