Michigan GOP lawmaker calls on Trump to apologize for Dingell remarks

Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Democrats seek to preempt Trump message on health care | E-cigarette executives set for grilling | Dems urge emergency funding for coronavirus Democrats slam GOP on drug prices in bilingual digital ads Lawmakers discuss how to work together in midst of impeachment fight MORE (R-Mich.) called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE to apologize after the president suggested at a rally in Michigan Wednesday evening that 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.), who died earlier this year, was not in heaven.

“I’ve always looked up to John Dingell — my good friend and a great Michigan legend. There was no need to 'dis' him in a crass political way,” Upton, a former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, tweeted.

“Most unfortunate and an apology is due,” he added.

At his rally in Battle Creek, Trump took aim at the late congressman and his widow, 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.), after she voted in support of impeaching the president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 


Trump said that he gave the late congressman “A-plus treatment” during his memorial services and noted how he ordered flags to be lowered following his death.

"I gave him everything. I don't want anything. I don't need anything for anything," he said.

"She calls me up: 'It's the nicest thing that's ever happened. Thank you so much. John would be so thrilled. He's looking down. He'd be so thrilled. Thank you so much, sir.' I said, 'That's OK, don't worry about it.'” 

Trump then added, "Maybe he's looking up, I don't know.” 


“I don't know. Maybe," he continued. "But let's assume he's looking down."

In a tweet shortly after his remarks on late Wednesday, the congresswoman said that Trump’s words hurt her "in a way you can never imagine." 

“Mr. President, let’s set politics aside. My husband earned all his accolades after a lifetime of service,” she said.

“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,” she added.

John Dingell was the longest-serving member in the history of Congress. He died at age 92 in February.

Another Michigan Republican, Rep. Paul MitchellPaul MitchellOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — House to condemn Trump plan for Medicaid block grants | Chinese doctor who warned of coronavirus dies | CDC ships coronavirus tests GOP lawmaker shreds Democratic resolution on House floor Democrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA rally' MORE, also said an apology was due from Trump.

"John Dingell was a well-respected man & I consider Debbie a close colleague and friend. To use his name in such a dishonorable manner at last night’s rally is unacceptable from anyone, let alone the President of the United States. An apology is due, Mr. President @realDonaldTrump," Mitchell tweeted Thursday morning.

"#IStandWithDingell," he added.

Updated at 10:14 a.m.