Dingell: I would rather people 'take a deep breath and think going forward' than get an apology from Trump

Dingell: I would rather people 'take a deep breath and think going forward' than get an apology from Trump
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Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellMichigan Rep. Debbie Dingell easily wins House primary Court orders release of Black Michigan teen who was jailed for missing schoolwork Lobbying world MORE (D-Mich.) said on Sunday that she did not want an apology from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE over comments he made suggesting her late husband John was not in heaven, saying she would instead prefer people “take a deep breath and think going forward that their words have consequences.”

Dingell said on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump’s comments at a rally last Wednesday “just sort of kicked me in the stomach,” adding that when the president called her and agreed to lower flags after her husband's death, “he was kind and empathetic and it meant a lot to someone who had lost her husband.”

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Asked by host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceMnuchin: Democrats will 'have a lot of explaining to do' if they want to challenge Trump orders in court Pelosi: Trump executive actions 'are illusions' Trump teases order requiring insurers to cover preexisting conditions MORE about her subsequent vote to impeach Trump, Dingell responded: “Those are two different issues for me … we have to learn in our country that you can agree to disagree agreeably.”

“I think there are lines you don’t cross,” Dingell added. “I don’t want an apology, I don’t want a campaign to begin around that. What I do want is people to take a deep breath and think going forward that their words have consequences, that they can hurt, and how do we bring more civility back to our political environment?”

Wallace showed Dingell a statement her late husband had issued in memory of the late former President George H.W. Bush that described Bush as “horrified at the sight of our national discourse” and “watching too many people speak past each other.”

Dingell and Wallace agreed on the coarsening of political discourse, with Dingell saying “I would like to work with the president and everybody else to just be a little kinder.”

During a rally in Michigan, Trump suggested that the late Rep. John DingellJohn DingellCOVID-19 bill limiting liability would strike the wrong balance Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell easily wins House primary Great American Outdoors Act will deliver critical investments to our national parks, forests MORE (D-Mich.), the former dean of the House, was “looking up” from from hell.