Thursday, December 19, 2019

Rep. Dingell responds to Trump's 'hurtful' suggestion that her husband is in hell

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2019 at 9:38 AM

click to enlarge Congresswoman Debbie Dingell addresses the Women's March in Ann Arbor on January 21, 2017. - SUSAN MONTGOMERY, SHUTTERSTOCK
  • Susan Montgomery, Shutterstock
  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell addresses the Women's March in Ann Arbor on January 21, 2017.

Rep. Debbie Dingell fired back at President Donald Trump’s suggestion on Wednesday that her husband is in hell, saying his hurtful words just “made my healing much harder.”

“Mr. President, let’s set politics aside,” Dingell, of Michigan, tweeted Wednesday evening. “My husband earned all his accolades after a lifetime of service. I’m 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 made my feeling much harder.”

Trump’s remarks came less than an hour after being impeached. During a boisterous rally in Battle Creek, Trump complained to supporters that Dingell voted to impeach him, despite giving John Dingell “A+ treatment” during his memorial services.

“So she calls me up: ‘It’s the nicest thing that’s ever happened, thank you so much,’” Trump said, mocking the congresswoman’s voice. “‘John would be so thrilled. He’s looking down.’”

Then Trump said, “Maybe he’s looking up, I don’t know.”

John Dingell, who died in February, was a World War II veteran and the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history.

The congresswoman also appeared on CNN on Thursday, wincing when the news network replayed the comments.

“John Dingell loved this country,” the congresswoman said. “He believed in bringing everybody together. He believed in our democracy. And my family’s still hurting.”

To be fair, John Dingell once told Trump to go to hell on Twitter.

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 12, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2022 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation