House Budget Committee Chairman John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthOvernight Defense: Erdogan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Kentucky Democrat: McConnell’s agenda driven by ‘power without a purpose’ MORE (D-Ky.) excoriated President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublican group targets Graham in ad calling for fair Senate trial Democratic presidential candidates react to Trump impeachment: ‘No one is above the law’ Trump attacks Schumer at fiery rally in Michigan MORE on Thursday for his comments at a Wednesday rally suggesting the late Rep. John DingellJohn DingellTrump goes after late Rep. John Dingell: ‘Maybe he’s looking up’ instead of down Annual ‘Dingell Jingle’ brings impeachment to the holidays Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: ‘Really pathetic!’ MORE (D-Mich.) was “looking up” instead of down from heaven, saying the remark indicated Trump is “rotten to the core.”
“It’s moments like these that we are reminded that the president is not only a criminal, he is implusively [sic] cruel and truly rotten to the core,” Yarmuth, the only Democrat in Kentucky’s congressional delegation, tweeted Thursday. “Hell will be too good for him.”
Trump made the comments at a rally in Battle Creek, Mich., after blasting Dingell’s widow and successor, Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellTrump attacks Schumer at fiery rally in Michigan Trump goes after late Rep. John Dingell: ‘Maybe he’s looking up’ instead of down A solemn impeachment day on Capitol Hill MORE (D-Mich.), for supporting the House’s impeachment articles after Trump lowered flags to half-staff after the death of her husband, a World War II veteran and the longest serving member of Congress in history. Trump claimed that Dingell had said of the honors for her husband, “John would be so thrilled. He’s looking down. He’d be so thrilled.”
“Maybe he’s looking up. Maybe, but let’s assume he’s looking down,” Trump added.
Dingell tweeted Wednesday night that Trump’s remarks “brought me down in a way you can never imagine and your hurtful words just made my healing much harder.”
She spoke further on the matter Thursday morning, saying on CNN, “We’re a family grieving, so I think we should take a lesson from this and all respect each other, period … we need more civility in this country. Some things should be off-limits. And you know what? We’re all human beings.”
House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRepublican group targets Graham in ad calling for fair Senate trial Trump attacks Schumer at fiery rally in Michigan Schumer, Pelosi to meet as Democrats debate tactics MORE (D-Calif.) also condemned the comments, telling reporters Thursday, “What the president misunderstands is that cruelty is not wit. Just because he gets a laugh for saying the cruel things that he says doesn’t mean he’s funny. It’s not funny at all. It’s very sad.”