DEARBORN — In a recent interview with CNN, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) shared a threatening, profanity-filled voicemail she received.
In the voicemail the caller calls her a series of names before telling her he hopes her family dies in front of her.
“You f***ing old, senile b*tch, you’re as old and ugly as Biden,” the caller says. “You ought to get the f*** off the planet. You f***ing foul b*tch. I hope your family dies in front of you. I pray to God, if you’ve got any children, they die in your face.”
Dingell said that she has been receiving voicemails like this for years and several in recent weeks. They really picked up when former President Trump disparaged her late husband, John Dingell, by suggesting he was “looking up” after his death.
“The kinds of nasty messages, nasty comments, just how people can be sometimes, it’s hard,” she said. “People forget that we are human beings, that we have feelings.”
The voicemail was shared on CNN when Dingell was joined by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Kalamazoo) to discuss civility in politics and Upton said that he also has received threatening calls.
While it wasn’t clear when the voicemail was received, the announcement comes just one month after Dingell’s Dearborn office was broken into and vandalized, even though police said it didn’t appear she was targeted as other offices in the building were also vandalized.
“Maybe we could just try to treat each other a little nicer and not leave these kinds of threatening messages or go after someone,” she said. “A little act of kindness is a lot better than screaming at somebody.”