‘Should Be Off-Limits’: Dingell Reacts To Trump’s Suggestion That Her Husband’s In Hell

President Donald Trump addresses his impeachment during a Merry Christmas Rally on December 18, 2019 in Battle Creek, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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December 19, 2019 9:37 a.m.

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) reacted honestly to President Trump’s suggestion that her late husband — a World War II veteran and the longest serving member of congress — was in hell.

In a tweet on Wednesday evening, Debbie Dingell expressed that Trump’s remarks made her “healing much harder.” She appeared on CNN Thursday morning and corrected the record on her husband Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), who was buried in Arlington Cemetery because of his status as a World War II veteran.

“I’ve never taken a personal shot at this President. I think his family is off limits,” she said. “I think we should take a lesson from this and all respect each other period, in the broader — we need more civility in this country. Some things should be off limits. And you know what? We’re all human beings.”

President Trump made the remark about the longtime Michigan congressman during his rally in Battle Creek, Michigan on Wednesday evening. The suggestion was met with some laughs, but mostly audible groans from the crowd.

Trump was ripping on Debbie Dingell for voting in favor of impeaching him on Wednesday evening. Recounting the conversation he claims he had with Debbie Dingell after her husband’s passing, Trump said that the congresswoman called and thanked him for allowing the normal state funeral proceedings to take place.

“She calls me up, ‘it’s the nicest thing that ever happened, thank you so much,'” Trump said, clearly mocking Debbie Dingell for being emotional about her husband’s death. “‘John would be so thrilled, he’s looking down he’d be so thrilled, thank you so much sir.’ I said, ‘that’s okay, don’t worry about it.’ Maybe he’s looking up, I don’t know.”

Debbie Dingell told CNN on Thursday morning that it was actually Trump who called her to tell her he would lower the flags to mark John Dingell’s passing.

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