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 TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet 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 ConwayGeorge Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump Democrats sharpen case on second day of arguments Trump: Obama administration withheld foreign aid too MORE, a conservative attorney and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump rallies supporters for recently converted Republican Jefferson Van Drew George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump Kellyanne Conway knocks Biden, talks up Sanders in Wash Post op-ed MORE, took a dig at Trump on Twitter: 

Rep. Raja KrishnamoorthiSubramanian (Raja) Raja KrishnamoorthiOvernight Health Care: WHO declines to declare Chinese virus a global emergency | Insurers to help launch nonprofit to lower drug prices | Anti-abortion group targets battleground Dems Here's how to fight the skyrocketing use of e-cigarettes by young people Trump suggests LBJ is in hell: 'He's probably looking down — or looking up' 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 DingellJames Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week Trump suggests LBJ is in hell: 'He's probably looking down — or looking up' Change with minimal risk: Trump's Jimmy Carter problem 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 DingellMaking waves to protect America's waters Trump suggests LBJ is in hell: 'He's probably looking down — or looking up' 10 controversies that rocked the Trump White House in 2019 MORE (D-Mich.), and prompted lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to demand an apology.