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Trump Implied Her Late Husband Is in Hell. She Reacts

Rep. Debbie Dingell says she 'really felt awful' after president's insinuation about John Dingell
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2019 7:20 AM CST

(Newser) – As the vote on his impeachment was carried out in the House Wednesday evening, President Trump was at a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Mich., where he gave the second-longest speech of his presidency—and threw out a barb against the late Congressman John Dingell that has his widow pushing back. Per NBC News, Trump railed against Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell for favoring his impeachment, saying she'd called to thank him for his "A-plus" treatment after her husband's funeral earlier this year, telling Trump John Dingell was "looking down" on them, "thrilled." At the Michigan rally, however, Trump insinuated something else. "Maybe he's looking up, I don't know. I don't know. Maybe," Trump said, implying John Dingell is in hell. "But let's assume he's looking down."

Debbie Dingell hit back on Twitter later Wednesday night, telling Trump to "set politics aside. ... I'm preparing for the first holiday season without the man I love," she tweeted. "You brought me down in a way you can never imagine and your hurtful words just made my healing much harder." CNN notes Trump's jab didn't go over that well with the crowd in Michigan, where Dingell was a popular politician respected by constituents of both parties. "I've always looked up to John Dingell - my good friend and a great Michigan legend," tweeted GOP Rep. Fred Upton. "There was no need to 'dis' him in a crass political way. Most unfortunate and an apology is due." (Read more President Trump stories.)

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