Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan), the wife of recently deceased former Congressman John Dingell, responded Wednesday after President Donald Trump implied that John Dingell was "looking up" from hell during a rally in Michigan.
"Mr. President, let's set politics aside," Debbie Dingell tweeted Wednesday. "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."
After John Dingell's passing, Trump said his wife called him, thanking him for honoring her husband. Trump said that during the conversation, Debbie Dingell mentioned that her husband is probably looking down from heaven, pleased at how he was remembered.
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
"I said, maybe he's looking up, I don't know," Trump said. "But let's assume he's looking down."
Trump added that he believed that Debbie Dingell would have voted "no" on the vote to adopt articles of impeachment due to her previously expressed gratitude.
"Let's put it this way, it was the most profuse thank you that you could ever get," he said. "On a scale of 0 to 10, it was a 10. Now they talk about this phony impeachment."
Debbie Dingell responded on Twitter, saying that Trump's words were "hurtful" and made her "healing much harder."
This story was originally published by WXYZ in Detroit.