John Dingell was the longest-ever serving member of Congress in American history, representing Michigan for more than 59 years. In 1944, at the age of 18, Dingell joined the US Army. He rose to the rank of second lieutenant and received orders to take part in the first wave of a planned invasion of Japan in November 1945. While in congress, Dingell was a champion of the Civil Rights Act and the Voters Rights Act. He also supported the Clean Air and Water acts; Medicaid and Medicare. In all, Dingell gave over 60 years of his life to serve and protect this country. After retiring in 2014, his wife Debbie was elected as his successor.
John Dingell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014. He died on February 7, 2019.
In a letter published by the Washington Post, Dingell shared these last words …
As I prepare to leave this all behind, I now leave you in control of the greatest nation of mankind and pray God gives you the wisdom to understand the responsibility you hold in your hands.
It looks as if the audience reaction was pretty unfavorable, leading to his quick backtrack. I’m not sure what Trump expected. Inferring that a well liked and long serving congressman was in hell, in front of an audience that the congressman represented, is a pretty bad idea.