Trump goes after late Rep. John Dingell: 'Maybe he's looking up' instead of down

President TrumpDonald John TrumpChasten Buttigieg: 'I've been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life' Lawmakers paint different pictures of Trump's 'opportunity zone' program We must not turn our heads from the effects of traumatic brain injuries MORE went after the late Rep. John DingellJohn DingellOverwhelming majority of voters say civility is needed in politics Lawmakers discuss how to work together in midst of impeachment fight James Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week MORE (D-Mich.) at his rally in Michigan on Wednesday night, saying, “Maybe he’s looking up” instead of down.

The president was discussing how he gave the former congressman “A-plus treatment” after he died by lowering the flags to half-staff and how his wife, Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellDemocrats call on Pompeo to restore funding to Gaza Democratic congresswomen wear white to Trump's address in honor of suffrage movement Hillicon Valley: Tech confronts impact of coronavirus | House GOP offers resolution to condemn UK over Huawei | YouTube lays out plans to tackle 2020 misinformation MORE (D-Mich.), thanked him.

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

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The president then added, “Maybe he’s looking up. I don’t know. ... But let’s assume he’s looking down.”

Trump then criticized Debbie Dingell for voting to support impeachment after she made the “most profuse thank-you that you could ever get” following her husband’s death.

“Now, they talk about this phony impeachment, and she’s up there, ‘Well, we have to look seriously at our president because he may have violated the Constitution of the United States,’” he said, which was met with boos from the audience.

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Debbie Dingell responded to Trump's comments on Twitter on Wednesday night, writing, "Mr. President, let’s set politics aside. 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."

John Dingell was the longest-serving member of Congress and died at age 92 in February. His wife succeeded him in office in 2015.

Trump held a rally in Battle Creek, Mich., as House Democrats voted to approve two articles of impeachment against him: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He will now face a trial in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Updated: 10:16 p.m.