Not that anyone is actually surprised, but President Trump said something terribly offensive and unpresidential, again, when he made a joke about the late Democratic Rep. John Dingell (a World War II veteran who also was the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history), who passed in February 2019.
During a rally in Michigan yesterday, the president made a quip, suggesting Dingell was “looking up” from hell.
Trump’s issue was that Debbie Dingell, who is in the House, voted for Trump’s impeachment—despite the fact that Trump gave Dingell an “A-plus” memorial service, as if people owe him something for doing what he should have done: Given the longest-serving member of Congress a proper burial. Then he goes on to explain that Dingell called Trump after the service to thank him, saying her husband was “looking down” (from heaven). Trump then stupidly quipped, “Maybe he’s looking up, I don’t know. I don’t know. Maybe.”
Trump laments that Debbie Dingell voted to impeach him despite the fact that he allowed the normal state funeral to proceed for her late husband, former Rep. John Dingell. Trump then suggests John Dingell is in hell — to audible groans. pic.twitter.com/wsYfddNIA9
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 19, 2019
But fellow politicians want Trump to apologize (no chance), and rightfully so.
Even Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump supporter, along with other House Republicans, thinks the President should apologize: “If he said that I think he should apologize,” Graham told reporters. “John Dingell is a fine, fine man.’
John Dingell’s widow chimed in on Twitter to shame the president for his thoughtless words.
Imagine being married to a man for years, losing him, and having the President of the United States attack his character publicly and without apology?
Mr. President, let’s set politics aside. 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 just made my healing much harder.— Rep. Debbie Dingell (@RepDebDingell) December 19, 2019
And the Internet is disgusted, too.
Wtf is wrong with him?! He’s in Michigan. Perhaps people of Michigan respect Rep. Dingell for his decades of service to their state! Nobody is doing anything to Trump other than holding him to account for his serious abuse of power. HE did this to himself.
— Jennifer Marie (@JenniferGMarie) December 19, 2019
That is absolutely terrible—another new low!! 😡— Ruth (@nonnaruth) December 19, 2019
I agree. I cannot understand why anyone supports him. As I have said before what really bothers me is the people setting behind him who laugh and cheer while he is lying and slandering fellow Americans. His total lack of empathy for others is painful to behold,— Nana (@lynn_todd) December 19, 2019
Trump has never held his tongue before, but that doesn’t mean his actions don’t have consequences. Consider the impeachment: He may get away with his horrible behavior, but history will mark him as one of the worst, most un-presidential presidents of all time.