In yet another very strong argument for term limits, the longest-serving Democrat member of Congress kicked the bucket at the spry age of 92 but before he went to his great reward, John Dingell made sure to take a McCainesque parting shot at President Trump.
Dingell had actually retired in 2015 but spent an astounding six decades as a member of the House Of Representatives where he leeched off of taxpayers like all of the other nonproductive career politicians who benefit from riding the gravy train instead of getting real jobs.
The crotchety nonagenarian passed away on Thursday but not before becoming a hero of the Resistance.
"The presidential bully pulpit seems dedicated to sowing division." The late John Dingell, longest-serving member of Congress in history, criticizes President Donald Trump in what he called his "parting thoughts." https://t.co/uLR9QVCVWA
— AP Central U.S. (@APCentralRegion) February 8, 2019
On the day of his death, longtime Rep. John Dingell dictated a farewell message to America and used some of his final words to criticize President Donald Trump.
Dingell dictated the message to his wife and congressional successor Debbie Dingell Thursday in their suburban Detroit home. The Washington Post published the opinion piece on Friday.
“One of the advantages to knowing that your demise is imminent, and that reports of it will not be greatly exaggerated, is that you have a few moments to compose some parting thoughts,” Dingell said Thursday. “In our modern political age, the presidential bully pulpit seems dedicated to sowing division and denigrating, often in the most irrelevant and infantile personal terms, the political opposition.”
Dingell had called for the arrest and imprisonment of Republicans one year ago:
The memo was released, contains nothing of substance, and Congressional Republicans are quite clearly complicit in this White House’s efforts to undermine and obstruct justice.
Lock every single one of these bastards up.
— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) February 2, 2018
But Trump took the high road, taking to Twitter to praise Dingell and offer his condolences to the family.
Deepest sympathies to Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and the entire family of John Dingell. Longest serving Congressman in Country’s history which, if people understand politics, means he was very smart. A great reputation and highly respected man.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2019
Whatever one may think of Dingell’s career, he cheapened his legacy with his bitter screed just like John McCain did. Former President George HW Bush may have hated Trump but at least he acted with dignity in his waning days.