Debbie Dingell says she won't be intimidated by Trump's attacks on late husband

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) responds to President Trump's attack on her late husband Rep. John Dingell. Trump implied that Dingell's husband, who died this year, is in hell.

Posted: Dec 19, 2019 10:20 AM
Updated: Dec 19, 2019 10:20 AM

Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell said Thursday that President Donald Trump's attacks on her and her late husband Rep. John Dingell will not intimidate her and that she doesn't want an apology from the President.

Trump, speaking at a rally Wednesday night in Battle Creek, Michigan, implied the former congressman, whose seat is now held by his wife, was "looking up" from hell. He said that he gave the family the "A-plus treatment" after John Dingell died, and that the congresswoman told him during an emotional call following John Dingell's funeral that her husband would have been "thrilled" by the respect shown for him during his funeral and "he's looking down" on the ceremonies.

"Maybe he's looking up," Trump said at the rally, drawing some moans and groans from those at the rally, which was about two hours away from Debbie Dingell's district. "Maybe, but let's assume he's looking down."

Appearing on CNN's "New Day" hours after Trump's attacks, Debbie Dingell said, "I'm going to keep doing my job ... If he thinks he's going to keep me from doing my job, I'm going to be right back at it when I leave here."

Dingell, who on Wednesday accused Trump of exacerbating her grief going into the holidays without her husband, said Thursday she didn't want to "get into any politics" when asked if she wanted an apology from the President.

"I don't want to politicize my husband. I don't want to politicize his death," she told CNN's Alisyn Camerota.

"It is still something that I'm really grieving over," she said. "This Thanksgiving was really hard and Christmas is harder. And I'm going to go back to doing my job and doing a good job for the people of my district.

Trump's comment about John Dingell, the longest-ever serving congressman, fell mostly flat on a crowd in an important swing state that has long revered the former dean of the House. John Dingell, who died in February, was an iconic figure in Michigan who was admired across party lines, and was one of the most popular political figures in the state during his lifetime.

Trump's rally insults marked the second time in five days that he has mentioned John Dingell's funeral while disparaging the congresswoman, who has supported impeachment. Last week, he tweeted that the last time he had spoken to Debbie Dingell was following the funeral, and that she was "really pathetic" for her involvement in the impeachment proceedings.

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