President Donald Trump shared his condolences Friday with the family of the late John Dingell, the longest serving Member of Congress in history.
While at a physical at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the president, who appeared to be on a break from tests, sent a tweet praising the Democrat for nearly six decades of public service.
‘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,’ he tweeted.
In the piece she said he composed on Thursday, Dingell slammed Trump and reflected on his own political rise, in an environment he remembered as being much kinder.
‘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,’ he charged.
President Donald Trump shared his condolences Friday with the family of the late John Dingell, the longest serving Member of Congress in history
While at a physical at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the president, who appeared to be on a break from tests, sent a tweet praising the Democrat for nearly six decades of public service
Soon after, The Washington Post published Dingell’s final words in the form of an op-ed that the former congressman dictated to his wife on the day of his death. He took a slap at Trump in it
Dingell noted in the op-ed that some messages require more than the 280 characters that Twitter, a medium he used up until his death, allows.
‘We observed modicums of respect even as we fought, often bitterly and savagely, over issues that were literally life and death to a degree that — fortunately – we see much less of today,’ he wrote from his sickbed.
He celebrated social advancements in America that were reflected legislatively and cheered on his wife, who holds his old congressional seat, in her pursuit of recruiting additional female colleagues.
‘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,’ he concluded. ‘May God bless you all, and may God bless America.’
A Michigan Democrat who entered the U.S. House of Representatives in 1955 to finish his late father’s term, Dingell became the longest-serving member of Congress, died on Thursday aged 92.
He served 59 years in the House before retiring in 2015 because he no longer could ‘live up to my own personal standard’ for serving in Congress.
On Wednesday, Dingell’s wife, Debbie, who was elected to succeed him in 2014, said on Twitter that she skipped the State of the Union address in Washington to be with him after his health declined.
The politician was in hospice care after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, which he had decided not to treat, The Detroit News reported.
John Dingell, a gruff Michigan Democrat who entered the U.S. House of Representatives in 1955 to finish his late father’s term and became a legislative heavyweight and longest-serving member of Congress, died on Thursday aged 92
Dingell tweeted from his Twitter account on Wednesday: ‘The Lovely Deborah is insisting I rest and stay off here, but after long negotiations we’ve worked out a deal where she’ll keep up with Twitter for me as I dictate the messages.
‘I want to thank you all for your incredibly kind words and prayers. You’re not done with me just yet.’
The office of Rep. Debbie Dingell 65, released a statement after his death which read: ‘He was a lion of the United States Congress and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather, and friend.
‘He will be remembered for his decades of public service to the people of Southeast Michigan, his razor sharp wit, and a lifetime of dedication to improving the lives of all who walk this earth.’
Following the announcement of his death, colleagues and friends posted tributes to the legislative heavyweight.
President Barack Obama awards Dingell the Presidential Medal Of Honor in 2014
Former President Barack Obama wrote: ‘John Dingell’s life reminds us that change does not always come with a flash, but instead with steady, determined effort. Over the course of the longest congressional career in history, John led the charge on so much of the progress we take for granted today.
‘Michelle and I send our deepest sympathies to Debbie, the entire Dingell family, and all the Michiganders and Americans whose lives are better because of his lifetime of service.’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, ‘Every chapter of Chairman John Dingell’s life has been lived in service to our country, from his time as a House Page, to his service in the Army during World War II, to his almost six decades serving the people of Michigan in the U.S. Congress.
Dingell (pictured in 1979) recently released a memoir called: ‘The Dean, the Best Seat in the House.’
‘John Dingell leaves a towering legacy of unshakable strength, boundless energy and transformative leadership … His memory will stand as an inspiration to all who worked with him or had the pleasure of knowing him.’
Meanwhile, former President George W. Bush wrote, ‘I was fortunate to speak to John Dingell this afternoon. I thanked him for his service to our country and for being an example to those who have followed him into the public arena. He was a fine gentleman who showed great respect for our country and her people.’
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat like Dingell, called him the ‘Dean of the House’ and ‘my dear friend’ in a statement that described him as ‘not merely a witness to history. He was a maker of it.’
Following the announcement of his death, colleagues and friends posted tributes to the legislative heavyweight
‘His original family name, translated into Polish, meant blacksmith. Nothing could be more fitting for a man who hammered out our nation’s laws, forging a stronger union that could weather the challenges of the future,’ she wrote.
Elsewhere, former Vice President Joe Biden praised Dingell’s ‘great moral courage and vision’.
Last September Dingell suffered a heart attack and spent a week at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
His wife Debbie, 65, said at the time: ‘He’s alert and in good spirits, cracking jokes like always.’
After he was released, Debbie tweeted a photo of him sitting in a wheelchair wearing a University of Michigan sweatsuit and flashing a thumbs up.
She joked that the nurses and doctors had ‘heard all of John’s stories and decided it was time’.
Dingell served 59 years in the House before retiring in 2015 because, as he said to a Michigan business group at the time, he no longer could ‘live up to my own personal standard’ for serving in Congress. He is pictured in 2010
Dingell recently released a memoir called: ‘The Dean, the Best Seat in the House.’
He has also become active on Twitter in his retirement, regularly tweeting about politics and the University of Michigan football team he loved.
Over the weekend, the former representative retweeted a post from Trump offering some advice to the president after he sounded off about the controversy surrounding Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who was accused of posing for a racist photo published in his medical school yearbook.
Trump had tweeted Saturday: ‘Ed Gillespie, who ran for Governor of the Great State of Virginia against Ralph Northam, must now be thinking Malpractice and Dereliction of Duty with regard to his Opposition Research Staff. If they find that terrible picture before the election, he wins by 20 points!’
Dingell responded: ‘Buddy, I think you might want to sit this one out.’