Fact check: Trump attack on John Dingell was understandable says Marc Short


WASHINGTON – Trump attack on John Dingell was understandable says Marc Short. But the world stage was not so friendly this week for President Trump.

Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s comments last week in which he railed against Rep. Debbie Dingell’s vote for his impeachment and implied her late husband might have gone to hell.

Trump made the remark at a rally in Michigan on Wednesday as the vote on two articles of impeachment against him was proceeding in the House. The president indicated he thought Dingell’s vote showed she was ungrateful for the “A-plus treatment” he offered to honor former Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. – one of the longest-serving members of Congress – after his death in February. 

His widow, who joined the House in 2015, said the next day that Trump’s comments had made the first holiday season without her husband even more difficult to bear and that “some things should be off-limits” in political disagreements.

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“I’m sorry that she’s hurting,” said Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” He added that the administration respected the Dingells’ service to their country.

But Short indicated that “in light of where we were” on Wednesday night with the impeachment vote against him unfolding, Trump’s remarks were understandable.

“John Dingell was not exactly a wallflower,” he added. “John Dingell called the president an imbecile in his closing months.”