GOP congressman blasts Trump for 'unacceptable' attack on late Rep. John Dingell: 'An apology is due'

Brendan Morrow

A Republican congressman from Michigan is calling on President Trump to apologize after he suggested the late Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) might be in hell.

Trump at a rally on Wednesday night, which occurred at the same time he was being impeached in the House of Representatives, went after Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) for voting to impeach him, stunningly mocking her husband who died earlier this year in the process.

After recalling that Dingell told him in a phone conversation that her late husband is "looking down," Trump told his rally crowd, "Maybe he's looking up, I don't know."

Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) wasn't happy with this jab, on Thursday morning praising the late congressman and writing it's "unacceptable" for Trump to "use his name in such a dishonorable manner," calling on the president to apologize.



In a follow-up tweet, he wrote, "#IStandWithDingell."

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham defended Trump's attack Thursday morning by describing the president as a "counterpuncher." Asked if Trump might apologize for it, Grisham said, "I haven't spoken to the president about that."

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