Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo apologized to Rep. Debbie Dingell on Thursday for comments made by President Donald Trump on Wednesday night at a rally in Dingell’s home state of Michigan.
At the rally, Trump suggested Dingell’s late husband, Rep. John Dingell, isn’t “looking down” on them, as he said that Dingell had told him once. Instead, the president suggested, he might be “looking up.”
“I’m sorry about this that happened last night. This is completely — I don’t know why he — this was so unnecessary,” Bartiromo said after playing the clip. The clip also included Trump saying “Debbie Dingell, that’s a real beauty.”
Prior to expressing her support for Rep. Dingell, Bartiromo has been known as a Trump supporter, having access to the administration and even interviewing him earlier this year.
Dingell responded on Twitter that as she prepares for her first holiday season without her husband, Trump’s comments were especially hurtful. Thursday morning, she joined Bartiromo in the studio, saying that she’s back to her job and ready to keep working. She referenced a series of bills and initiatives she wants to keep working on without distraction.
“That’s what I’ve got to do,” she said, adding on Wednesday that when Trump was impeached, it was “a very difficult day for our democracy.”
Dingell also defended her husband, noting his burial at Arlington National Cemetery and veteran status.
See Dingell’s tweet below:
Mr. President, let’s set politics aside. My husband earned all his accolades after a lifetime of service. I’m preparing for the first holiday season without the man I love. You brought me down in a way you can never imagine and your hurtful words just made my healing much harder.
— Rep. Debbie Dingell (@RepDebDingell) December 19, 2019