Ex-President Donald Trump is notorious for his extremely fragile ego. The man absolutely cannot stand being criticized or slighted in any conceivable way. When he feels as though that has happened, he uses all of his power and might to make your life a living Hell — it doesn’t matter who you are.
Back in 2019, Trump set his sights on Michigan’s Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell, after she very publicly supported the then-president’s impeachment. Trump was quick to launch a very public attack against Dingell, even going so far as to drag the Democratic Rep.’s deceased husband into his beef with her — essentially asserting that Dingell shouldn’t support his impeachment, because he gave her husband, late Democratic Rep. John Dingell, “the A+ treatment” when he passed, including lowering the flags and giving him a Capitol Rotunda service — all of which Dingell deserved as a US Congressman.
Years later, Debbie is now speaking out on the real ramifications of Donald Trump’s public proverbial hanging — and be warned, it’s difficult to hear.
Dingell made an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union this morning, where she gave viewers and hosts an inside look into the toxic environment that developed in Congress during Donald Trump’s presidential term, ultimately sharing an audio recording of the heinous death threats she received against herself and her family after the then-president slapped a target right on her back.
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Before playing the recording, CNN host Dana Bash warns viewers about what they’re about to hear. The producer then proceeds to play audio of a man who phoned the Democratic Rep. and left a message, calling her a slew of vile, unrepeatable names before saying, “I hope your family dies in front of you. I pray to God, if you got any children, they die in your face.”
Debbie sat in somber silence for several moments after the audio clip concluded, before going on to explain to the host and viewers that the audio they just played was just one of many threats she’s had aimed at her since the now-former president targeted her.
“I’ve been getting those for a couple of years ever since Christmastime, the Christmas, right after [husband] John had died,” Dingell explained.
“John was my late husband and it — you know, once you’re in that Trump hate tunnel, you kind of don’t escape it,” the Democratic Rep. went on to add. “There are a lot of people that are good, wonderful to meet, et cetera, but we average several of those a week and we’re used to it. My friends look at me, it’s almost like therapy, and say, ‘How can you do this?’ But you have to — we’ve got to be careful not to normalize it, but I’m not going to not do my job. I’m not going to go out and not be with people. I’m not going to go out and not listen to them. I want the American people to think about what’s happening in our country, that this kind of hate, this fear is happening in communities across the country.”
You can watch the clip here, but bear in mind that it’s difficult to hear: