Republicans, Dems defend Rep. Dingell after Trump jokes John might be in hell

December 18, 2019, 10:15 PM

Rep. Debbie Dingell is "preparinbng for the first holiday season without the man I love."

During a rally in Battle Creek Wednesday night, while he was being impeached in Washington, President Donald Trump took a shot at Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell, who expressed her dismay on Twitter. 

Trump told the crowd he gave Rep. John Dingell “A+ treatment” after he died in February by ordering flags lowered to half-staff. He said wife Debbie Dingell thanked him. 

“She calls me up, ‘That’s the nicest thing that ever hapened. Thank you so much. John would be so thrilled. He’s looking down. He’d be so thrilled,’” Trump quoted the congresswoman as saying.

Then he remarked: “Maybe he’s looking up I don’t know," he said, suggesting John Dingell might be in hell. Then Trump added: "But let’s assume he’s looking down."

Rep. Dingell's colleagues in both parties fire back at the president on her behalf.

They include Rep. Fred Upton, a Republican from West Michigan, Rep. Paul Mitchell, a Macomb County Republican, and Rep. Justin Amash, an Independent who left the Republican Party because of Trump.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a moderate Democrat representing Oakland County's northern suburbs, had harsher words for the president.

And late Thursday morning, the governor spoke up:

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