Trump’s Attacks On Democrats Go Too Far?

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( – Democratic Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan sharply criticized former President Trump’s Christmas message, in which he wished ill on various individuals he perceives as detrimental to the country. Speaking on CNN, Dingell described Trump’s message, in which he expressed a desire for certain individuals to “rot in hell,” as one of the most disheartening Christmas greetings she has ever heard.

Trump’s message, posted on Truth Social, targeted various public figures, including world leaders and special counsel Jack Smith, who is leading the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump’s actions surrounding the 2020 election and the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. In his post, Trump included a broad array of targets, from “World Leaders, both good and bad” to those he accuses of harming the United States with policies on immigration, the economy, and other areas. He ended his message with a harsh wish for these individuals, juxtaposed with a traditional holiday greeting.

Dingell pointed out that such statements from Trump contribute to the growing division and animosity within the country. She recalled her own experiences of hostility and threats, which escalated after Trump publicly criticized her and her late husband, former Representative John Dingell. Following a vote on Trump’s impeachment, the former president had insinuated that John Dingell, who passed away in February 2019 and was the longest-serving member of Congress, was in hell.

Expressing concern over the increasing normalization of violence and hatred in American society, Dingell emphasized the importance of civil disagreement and mutual respect for every individual’s dignity. She warned that democracy is at risk if anger, violence, and division become more accepted in public discourse.

Meanwhile, Trump remains a prominent figure in the Republican party. According to aggregated polling data from The Hill and Decision Desk HQ, he holds a substantial lead in the GOP presidential primary and also leads in hypothetical polls against President Biden.

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