Somebody should explain to Donald Trump that all politics is local, because he blew it bigly last night in Battle Creek, disparaging Michigan statesman John Dingell, and insulting his widow, Debbie, who took over his congressional seat when he retired. Trump’s big mouth might have cost him the state in 2020, and wouldn’t that be fine? In any event, he gave the Democrats great political ad copy, bravo Bozo. Trump insulted Rep. Debbie Dingell, “there’s a real beauty” for voting yes on articles of impeachment. He then went on to insult her late husband, John, saying “maybe he’s looking up” [at the impeachment vote] meaning from Hell, not looking down from heaven, after his death in February. Spectators were shocked and waves of boos rippled through the crowd last night, as a respected leader and military officer, not to mention an institution in Congress, was disrespected, in his home state, no less. Debbie Dingell was understandably crushed. Washington Post:
“Mr. President, let’s set politics aside,” said Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), whose husband, a World War II veteran and the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, died in February at age 92. “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.”
She’s right, he can never imagine, because Trump is an animal. He’s a self centered sociopath and he is devoid of normal human feelings and certainly of common decency and compassion, as his crack about the Dingells proves. All relationships in Trumpworld are transactional. Trump was venting that Debbie Dingell owed him a nay vote on impeachment because he had given her husband, “A-plus treatment” i.e. ordered flags lowered to half mast when John Dingell died. Debbie Dingell wasn’t listening to Trump’s Battle Creek rally, but heard about all this later when a reporter contacted her, and she said, “I kind of felt kicked in the stomach.” No wonder. And she’s not the only one who took affront.
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
John Dingell served in Congress longer than any other representative in history. He took office in 1955, when Eisenhower was president, and retired in 2015, when his wife, Debbie Dingell, succeeded him in the seat. John Dingell was an icon in Michigan politics and greatly respected. This was a moronic move on Trump’s part, and even his pals over at Fox News are saying it. Chad Pergram covers Congress for Fox and this is what he said.
Multiple sources tell Fox Trump is playing w/fire by taking on the Dingells in the swing state of Michigan and suggesting that longest serving Congressman in history, late Dem MI Rep John Dingell is in hell. “He could lose Michigan alone on this one” said senior GOP Congressman
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 19, 2019
Good. Let’s watch Trump blow it big time in a rust belt, swing state that he so desperately needs. Bring it on. And others are joining the chorus as well. Raw Story:
Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan conservative who left the GOP in July and voted to impeach Trump on Wednesday night, tweeted, “Debbie, we are here for you. So many people loved and respected John. Praying for you and your family.” And Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, a Never Trump conservative, told Debbie Dingell on Twitter, “Millions of men and women stand with you against a vile bully.”
Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, a Republican who voted against Trump’s impeachment, is calling for Trump to apologize. Upton, now 66, has been in the U.S. House of Representatives since January 1987.
It’s good of Congressman Upton to call upon Trump to apologize, but I would suggest he not hold his breath. I also think that it would have been even better of Upton to vote to impeach Trump, because it was obvious way before yesterday that Trump has no respect for illustrious fallen statesmen of either party, nor their widows. He made that plain in the vendetta against the McCains and it looks like this is the same scenario, redux. If I had to venture a prediction, Trump will double and triple down on this, just like he did with John McCain. Again, I say good: let’s fight fire with fire and put all this in an opposition ad, showing Republicans just what they can expect from their standard bearer. Trump is certainly qualified to talk about politicians in Hell, because that’s clearly where he’s getting direction from and where he is leading the GOP, and that fact has been evident for quite some time.