Former U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz (R-Battle Creek) wasn’t at President Donald Trump’s raucous rally in his hometown on Wednesday, but, yes, he’s seen the president’s remarks that “maybe” the late U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) is in hell.
And Schwarz, who’s not known to mince words, summed up the attack as “disgusting.”
“It’s a total disservice to a man who spent upwards of 50 years in the U.S. House,” Schwarz said, adding that it was “totally thoughtless” to Dingell’s family.
On the night he was being impeached by the U.S. House, Trump gave a rambling, almost two-hour speech, in which he went after Dingell, as well as widow, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), for not being sufficiently appreciative of his sacrifice for her husband’s funeral arrangements.
Trump had previously blasted Dingell on Twitter over the weekend.
A surgeon and Vietnam veteran, Schwarz served one term in Congress alongside John Dingell from 2005 to 2007. (Dingell spent a bit more time in Washington, as the longest-serving member of Congress in history). Schwarz and Dingell are old friends and he attended his fellow veteran’s funeral in February in Dearborn.
The doctor also is a longtime friend of Debbie Dingell, who was also subjected to Trump’s invective. She and Schwarz serve on a board for the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School for Public Policy.
A lifelong moderate Republican, Schwarz endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. The Advance asked him if he planned to vote for Trump in 2020.
He was blunt: “There is no possible way I will vote for Donald Trump.”