Trump takes swipe at late Michigan lawmaker, upsetting widow

President Donald Trump took a swipe at the late Rep. John Dingell during his raucous impeachment-day rally on Wednesday, drawing a quick rebuke from the longtime Michigan congressman's widow and successor in the House.

Trump told the Battle Creek rally that Debbie Dingell had thanked him profusely for providing “A-plus treatment” after her husband's death in February, including ordering flags flown at half-staff.

He quoted her as saying, “Thank you so much. John would be so thrilled. He's looking down.”

Then he added: "I said, 'That's OK. Don't worry about it.' Maybe he's looking up. I don't know."

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Rep. John Dingell through the years
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UNITED STATES - MARCH 31: PATIENTS BILL OF RIGHTS--John D. Dingell,D-Mich., during House and Senate Democrats press conference to introduce the managed care bill. (Photo by Douglas Graham/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: Rep. John Dingell at International Investors Conference. (Photo by Karl Schumacher/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
3/15/1983- Washington, DC: Closeup at press conference of Congressman John Dingell.
FILE - In this June 2, 1977 file photo, President Jimmy Carter hosts a breakfast in the Family Dining Room of the White House in Washington for House Subcommittee members on Energy and Power. From left are Rep. John M. Murphy (D-N.Y.), Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), President Carter, Rep. Harley Staggers (D-W Va.), Rep. Andrew Maguire (D-N.J.), and Rep. Timothy Wirth (D-Colo.). Fifty seven years ago, Rep. John Dingell, who this week becomes the longest serving member of Congress in history, nearly began his career in tears on the floor of the House. Members were delivering tributes to his father, John Dingell Sr., who had died recently. (AP Photo/Charles Harrity, File)
Congressman John Dingell in camouflage during geese hunting expedition. (Photo by Kenneth Garrett/Woodfin Camp/Woodfin Camp/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Washington, DC: President Reagan reaches for a pen to sign legislation, January 6, to bail out the farm credit system, providing the first federal aid to the nation's largest agriculture lender since the Great Depression. Behind Reagan, pushing in his chair for him are, from left, Senator Patrick Leahy (Democrat - Vermont); Representative John Dingell (Democrat - Michigan); and Representative James Jeffords (Republican - Vermont.)
Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., comments on President Jimmy Carter during an interview in his Capitol Hill office on June 12, 1979. Carter arrived in Washington as an outsider and remains an outsider to Washington politics. Dingell is nevertheless a supporter of the president. (AP Photo/John Duricka)
House Energy Comm. Chmn. Rep. John Dingell (Dem-MI) in his Capitol Hill office. (Photo by Terry Ashe/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 28: PROFILE:John D. Dingell,D-Mich.,in his office at Rayburn House Office Building. (Photo by Douglas Graham/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
Rep. John David Dingell, D-Mich., House of Representatives Member, having a front row seat during panel discussion on the first day of the Democratic Party retreat. March 8, 1991 (Photo by Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 11: TELELCOMMUNICATIONS PROVISIONS--During his opening statement, ranking member John Dingell, D-Mich., right, jokes with Chairman Tom Bliley, R-Va., during full Commerce Committee markup of FY98 budget provision dealing with spectrum sales. Barbara Cubin, R-Wyo., is in foreground. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 19: PATIENTS' RIGHTS--John D. Dingell, D-Mich., Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., middle, and Greg Ganske, R-Iowa, during a news conference on the Senate patients' rights bill. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 06: Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., House Energy and Commerce ranking Democrat John D. Dingell, D-Mich., and House Ways and Means ranking Democrat Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., during a news conference on the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit, which was created by the Republican-controlled Congress in 2003 and is now being implemented. Seniors have until May 15 to sign up for a Medicare prescription drug plan without being charged a penalty. Democrats say the deadline should be extended to allow seniors, as Capps put it, to 'navigate this complicated maze of rules and regulations' fraught with 'mixed messages and mass confusion.' Dingell was a member of the House in 1965 when Congress launched the Medicare health care program for the elderly and disabled. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (L)(D-CA) is given a box of paczki, a traditional pastry commonly eaten on Fat Tuesday, from the Chene Modern Bakery in Detroit from Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell (R)(D-MI) on Feburary 5, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 28: Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., and his wife Debbie Dingell, attend the Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Honoring the Promise benefit at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on October 28, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JULY 29: Former Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., wields the gavel he used when he presided over the vote to pass Medicare in 1965 during the House Democrats' event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
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The remark drew wary oohs and aahs from the crowd in Michigan, where John Dingell was a powerful advocate for the state he represented for more than 59 years. The comment came shortly after Debbie Dingell voted in favor of two articles of impeachment against the president.

Trump then offered: “But let's assume he's looking down.”

Debbie Dingell tweeted her response, telling Trump: “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.”

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Debbie Dingell announces she is seeking to replace her husband Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich) in office as she launches her congressional campaign during a news conference at a coffee shop in Dearborn, Michigan February 28, 2014. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEADSHOT PROFILE POLITICS)
Representative John Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, left, and his wife Debbie attend the Bloomberg Vanity Fair White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner afterparty in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Saturday, May 1, 2010. The dinner raises money for WHCA scholarships and honors the recipients of the organization's journalism awards. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-MA), Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) speak during a marathon House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on a potential replacement for the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
Debbie Dingell (C) announces she is seeking to replace her husband Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich) in office as she launches her congressional campaign during a news conference at a coffee shop in Dearborn, Michigan February 28, 2014. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Presumptive U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (C) is greeted by Democratic National Committeewoman Debbie Dingell (L) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich) during a campaign stop at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan June 16, 2008. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) (M) raises her arms with Congresswomen Brenda Lawrence (D-Mi) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) (R ) during the three-day Women's Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., October 28, 2017. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 01: AFI President Emeritus George Stevens, Jr., and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell attend the AFI 50th Anniversary Gala at The Library of Congress on November 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images for American Film Institute)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 10: Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., speaks during the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force news conference on the release of the 2018 legislative agenda for the 115th Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Debbie Dingell toast NBC News? ?Meet the Press,? the longest-running show in television history, with 70 years and counting at the Newseum the night of Nov. 9, 2017. -- (Photo by: Rob Kim/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Representative Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, center, speaks while visiting the American Mobility Center (ACM) in Ypsilanti, Michigan, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Representative Dingell and Representative Bob Latta, a Republican from Ohio, visited the ACM to meet with experts in the autonomous vehicles industry as the two work together to advance bipartisan self-driving vehicle legislation through the House floor. Photographer: Sean Proctor/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 22: President of the Center for American Progress Neera Tanden, left, and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) attend ELLE and Bottega Veneta Women in Washington dinner hosted by Robbie Myers, ELLE, Editor-in-Chief at Fiola Mare on March 22, 2017 in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for ELLE)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 18: British Ambassador Kim Darroch (L) talks with Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) at an Afternoon Tea hosted by the British Embassy to mark the U.S. Presidential Inauguration at The British Embassy on January 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, speaks during an interview in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. President Barack Obamas proposal to pay for road and bridge projects through corporate tax changes may be feasible this time around, Dingell said. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, attends the Bloomberg cocktail party before the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) Dinner in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The 101st WHCA raises money for scholarships and honors the recipients of the organization's journalism awards. Photographer: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - MARCH 3: Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., right, and Mimi Rogers, R-Calif., are interviewed about women in the workforce issues by CQ Roll Call in the Capitol, March 3, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 22: Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., left, and Candice Miller, R-Mich., appear during a lunch at the Library of Congress for World War II era Rosie the Riveter, March 22, 2016. The Rosies were part of an Honor Flight from Detroit who were on a tour of D.C. that included stops on Capitol Hill, the World War II Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 12: Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., and his wife Rep.-elect Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., speak with reporters as they arrive for the 114th Congress Member Reception in the Cannon House Office Building on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 12: Rep.-elect Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., arrives outside of the Capitol Hill Hotel during check-in for incoming freshmen members of Congress, November 12, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22: John Dingell (D-Mich) and his wife Debbie attend America's Thanksgiving Day Parade at Woodward Avenue on November 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MAY 09: Debbie Dingell and Jason Binn, CEO Niche Media/Capitol File Magazine at the White House Correspondents' dinner after party hosted by Capitol File at Corcoran Gallery of Art on May 9, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Niche Media)
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John Dingell was the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history.

His widow wasn't the only one upset by the president's comment.

Republican congressman Fred Upton of Michigan, who voted against impeaching Trump, tweeted: “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. Most unfortunate and an apology is due.”

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