Michigan Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellTrump attacks Schumer at fiery rally in MichiganTrump goes after late Rep. John Dingell: ‘Maybe he’s looking up’ instead of downA solemn impeachment day on Capitol HillMORE (D) on Wednesday spoke out against President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublican group targets Graham in ad calling for fair Senate trialDemocratic presidential candidates react to Trump impeachment: ‘No one is above the law’Trump attacks Schumer at fiery rally in MichiganMORE after he attacked her late husband, longtime congressman John DingellJohn DingellTrump goes after late Rep. John Dingell: ‘Maybe he’s looking up’ instead of downAnnual ‘Dingell Jingle’ brings impeachment to the holidaysTrump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: ‘Really pathetic!’MORE (D-Mich.), following the House’s impeachment vote.
Just hours after Trump suggested that John Dingell was “looking up instead of down, Debbie Dingell tweeted that the president’s comments hurt her “in a way you can never imagine.”
“Mr. President, lets set politics aside. My husband earned all his accolades after a lifetime of service,” said Debbie Dingell, whose husband served in Congress for nearly 60 years and died in February.
“Im preparing for the first holiday season without the man I love. You brought me down in a way you can never imagine and your hurtful words just made my healing much harder.”
Mr. President, lets set politics aside. My husband earned all his accolades after a lifetime of service. Im preparing for the first holiday season without the man I love. You brought me down in a way you can never imagine and your hurtful words just made my healing much harder.
Rep. Debbie Dingell (@RepDebDingell) December 19, 2019
The president attacked both John and Debbie Dingell while speaking at a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Mich., just an hour after the House voted to impeach him for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The move makes Trump the third president in U.S. history to face removal from the Senate, though that remains unlikely.
Trump complained that Debbie Dingell had joined her Democratic colleagues in voting for impeachment despite him giving A-plus treatment to John Dingell during his memorial services. Trump had ordered the flags to be lowered at half-staff at the time of his death.
She calls me up. Thats the nicest thing that ever happened. Thank you so much. John would be so thrilled. Hes looking down. Hed be so thrilled, Trump said, quoting the congresswoman.
Maybe hes looking up. I dont know. … But lets assume hes looking down,” he added, causing what appeared to be a restrained response from the crowd. “But let’s assume he’s looking down.”
He then went on to deride Debbie Dingell over her impeachment vote, reiterating that she had given the most profuse thank-you” to him following her husband’s death.
Now, they talk about this phony impeachment, and shes up there, Well, we have to look seriously at our president because he may have violated the Constitution of the United States, Trump said, prompting boos from the audience.
Speaking on CNN’s “New Day” Thursday morning, Dingell pushed back against Trump’s version of events following her husband’s death. She said that Trump had called her about flags being lowered to half-staff. Asked if Trump was “lying” about the phone call, she said that she didn’t want to sink to the president’s level and get into a dispute.
My family is still hurting. Were a family grieving. I think we should take a lesson from this and all respect each other,” she added.
Several Democratic lawmakers vehemently condemned Trump over his attacks. Michigan Sen. Gary PetersGary Charles PetersSenate Democrats press GOP chairmen over Ukraine allegationsNew federal funds for election security garner mixed reactions on Capitol HillHillicon Valley: Spending deal includes 5M for election security | House passes bill to bar use of funds for Huawei | Top White House telecom advisor steps downMORE (D) called Trump’s insults “reprehensible.” Rep. Haley StevensHaley Maria StevensHow the 31 Democrats in Trump districts voted on impeachmentNearly all Democrats expected to back articles of impeachmentDemocratic group launches .5M in ads backing vulnerable Dems on drug prices MORE (D-Mich.) called them “shameful.”
“Mr. President. Insinuating that John Dingell, a loving catholic, WWII hero, now rests in hell,” she said on Twitter. “How dare you? I have no words for the pain you are causing my dear friend Debbie Dingell and the people of Michigan right now.”
Cindy McCain, the wife of late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainFormer Republicans create group to defend Amash Whoopi Goldberg on fight with Meghan McCain: ‘Sometimes it goes off the rails’George Conway, other conservatives launch effort to block Trump’s reelectionMORE (R-Ariz.), a repeated target of Trump’s, also offered support to Debbie Dingell, tweeting: “Im terribly sorry. Please know I am thinking about you.”
For President Trump to come to Michigan and insult both Chairman Dingell and my friend @RepDebDingell is reprehensible.
John was a WWII veteran and a true statesman. Both he and Debbie embody the best of Michigan. https://t.co/H0dm0dJZ5w
Senator Gary Peters (@SenGaryPeters) December 19, 2019
This is shameful Mr. President. Insinuating that John Dingell, a loving catholic, WWII hero, now rests in hell.
How dare you?
I have no words for the pain you are causing my dear friend Debbie Dingell and the people of Michigan right now. https://t.co/bPPfNiPvm9
Haley Stevens (@HaleyLive) December 19, 2019
Im terribly sorry. Please know I am thinking about you. https://t.co/fjONsh7izR
Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) December 19, 2019
John Dingell was the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history, representing Michigan in the House of Representatives between 1995 and 2015. His wife, Debbie Dingell, succeeded him in 2015.