During his rally in Michigan on the day the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted to impeach him, President Trump made a joke about (deceased) former Congressman John Dingell. According to Trump, the congressman could be in hell. But, he added, he assumes he’s not.
Dingell’s widow, Debbie Dingell, is a member of Congress herself. She responded with a nagging tweet arguing that Trump’s comments somehow make it more difficult for her to heal from her loss:
Mr. President, let’s set politics aside. My husband earned all his accolades after a lifetime of service. 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.
— Rep. Debbie Dingell (@RepDebDingell) December 19, 2019
After the tweet, a lot of politically correct politicians told her that they had her back. What Trump did was terrible! How dare he! Everybody loved John Dingell! Really! Here’s Rep. Justin Amash, for example:
Debbie, we are here for you. So many people loved and respected John. Praying for you and your family.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) December 19, 2019
There were more, but I don’t think it’s necessary to quote all of them. The general response was the same: Orange man bad, Debbie sad.
One other member of Congress deserves to be called out on his response, however. I’m talking about Rep. Dan Crenshaw:
Merry Christmas Debbie, you deserve to be able to heal in peace. Those comments were totally unnecessary. https://t.co/eAn5Eu5hKM
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) December 19, 2019
Oh. My. God. Spare me the outrage. Rep. John Dingell hated Trump. He blasted him on Twitter, writing a year ago that Trump “will be remembered as the smallest and most vile” presidents in history. “A petty man with no interest in a greater good for us all.”
We’ve had presidents of almost every stripe, but this one will be remembered as the smallest and most vile. A petty man with no interest in a greater good for us all. All I want for Christmas is January 20th, 2021. https://t.co/GEj1RtHWAB
— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) December 24, 2018
That’s vicious. But Trump can’t make a little joke about him?
What nonsense. If Debbie Dingell can’t handle such jokes, perhaps she shouldn’t be in Congress in the first place. Although I think that her “so hurt” response isn’t anything more (or less) than an act. “Look, Orange man truly bad! Hurts the feelings of a widow!”
In America’s current culture of victim worshiping such a little game undoubtedly helps Rep. Dingell and her party. She’s using her husband’s memory to quickly score some sympathy points. Great for her and, yes, it’ll work. But do we all have to play along? Do we all have to pretend that Trump’s little joke about a man who, when alive, hated him and deeply insulted him, is the Worst Thing Ever?