Trump suggests LBJ is in hell: 'He's probably looking down — or looking up'

Trump suggests LBJ is in hell: 'He's probably looking down — or looking up'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE raised some eyebrows during a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Tuesday night after he said the late President Lyndon B. Johnson was “probably looking down — or looking up” on America today.

The comment came while Trump was defending a phone call he shared with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last July that was the subject of the whistleblower complaint that helped spark the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. 

“This is based on a perfect phone call. Did anybody read the transcript? It’s a perfect call. In fact, if you go back and look at Lyndon Johnson, all of ‘em, you know, Lyndon Johnson was sort of a tough guy. Can you imagine his phone calls?” he said at the rally in Milwaukee.

“He's probably looking down — or looking up,” he added to some laughs from his supporters.

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The remark was almost immediately met with criticism on Twitter. 

George ConwayGeorge Thomas ConwayPBS reporter says media coverage of Trump feels like 'a team sport' Kellyanne Conway says it's 'highly offensive' to refer to coronavirus as 'kung flu' George Conway's group hits Trump on response to coronavirus MORE, a conservative attorney and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayBiden fights for attention in coronavirus news cycle Trump says he's open to speaking to Biden about coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden offers to talk coronavirus response with Trump MORE, took a dig at Trump on Twitter: 

Rep. Raja KrishnamoorthiSubramanian (Raja) Raja KrishnamoorthiA strong US 5G sector promises good jobs and better security House bill would ban stock trading by members of Congress House panel demands explanations from travel insurance firms not covering coronavirus cancellations MORE (D-Ill.), who chairs the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, also took aim at Trump over the remark.

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“We can listen to recordings of many of LBJ's calls and, hard as many of them can be to listen to now for many reasons, he didn't ask foreign governments to intervene in our elections in exchange for congressionally authorized military aid.”

Trump also drew backlash last month after he made similar comments about the late Rep. John DingellJohn DingellThe Memo: Trump tests limits of fiery attacks during crisis Overwhelming majority of voters say civility is needed in politics Lawmakers discuss how to work together in midst of impeachment fight MORE (D-Mich.) at a rally in Michigan. 

At the time, Trump had suggested the late congressman, who died at age 92 last year, was “looking up” in the afterlife instead of down from heaven. “Maybe he’s looking up. I don’t know. ... But let’s assume he’s looking down,” he said.

The comments sparked fierce criticism from the late congressman’s widow, Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellOvernight Energy: Trump rolls back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards | Controversial Keystone XL construction to proceed | Pressure mounts to close national parks amid pandemic Critics blast Trump mileage rollback, citing environment and health concerns Coronavirus stimulus package shouldn't leave out older Americans MORE (D-Mich.), and prompted lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to demand an apology.