John Dingell on Trump's 'steel slat barrier' wall: 'Sit on it, you imbecile'

Former Rep. John DingellJohn DingellTrump should beware the 'clawback' Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Bill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word MORE (D-Mich.) blasted an illustration President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE tweeted Friday of a proposed "Steel Slat Barrier,” telling Trump to "sit on it" amid an ongoing government spending fight over funding for the border wall.


Dingell, 92, retired in 2015 after serving in the House for nearly 60 years, the longest-serving congressman in history.

He is known for his pointed wit on Twitter, but does not often attack Trump directly.

Trump has dug in over his demands for border wall funding after previously indicating he would be willing to sign a short-term funding bill without it. Recently, he has taken to describing the border structure as steel slats.

House Republicans passed a short-term funding bill Thursday that included more than $5 billion in funding for Trump's border wall, which Democrats have said is dead on arrival in the Senate.

Failure to pass a year-end spending bill by Friday at midnight would result in a partial government shutdown.