The wife of the governor of Pennsylvania said she was the subject of a racist verbal attack in a grocery store on Sunday.
Gisele Barreto Fetterman, the wife of Democratic Gov. John Fetterman, said the incident happened when she went to buy some kiwis near her home outside Pittsburgh.
“I ran to the local grocery store and was met and verbally assaulted by this woman, who repeatedly told me I did not belong here,” she wrote on Twitter.
Fetterman is a Brazilian immigrant who was previously undocumented. In the short video she posted on part of the incident, an unidentified woman saw her take off her mask in a parking lot and call it n-word. Feterman recorded the moment from his car, but said the attack began in the store after the woman recognized her.
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“It was a really long time to live in the shadows and be afraid of any knock on the door,” she said of her time as an undocumented immigrant. “To be in a place where I am so grateful that I can vote and that I am called to the position of jurors, and that I can finally belong to this country that I love so much – to have those moments when I am completely I feel unwanted. again and scared. “
On Twitter, Feterman, whose husband was elected in 2018, said the incident was an example of division in her country and across the country.
“This behavior and this hatred are taught. If you know her, if she is your neighbor or relative, please, please teach her instead, “she wrote.
Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey tweeted his support for Fetterman, writing Sunday night that “It’s up to us to teach our children kindness, acceptance and inclusion, and to condemn hatred whenever and wherever we see it.”