The Washington Post reports:
During his 59-year tenure as the longest-serving member of Congress, John D. Dingell Jr. uncovered government fraud, fought for universal health care, helped to pass the Civil Rights Act and fiercely defended the automotive industry. He also got to be very good at Twitter.
“Someone told me that the man behind everyone’s favorite cup of coffee might run for President and I just want to wish @TimHortons the very best,” the Michigan Democrat tweeted last week, after Starbucks founder Howard Schultz announced that he was weighing a bid. “You have my support.”
On Thursday, after news broke that Dingell had died at the age of 92, there was a collective sense of mourning on the site where he had developed a cult following for his self-effacing humor, charmingly grumpy observations and sarcastic political commentary.
The best job in America is the guy who gets to tell Trump he misspelled a bunch of words in his stupid tweets.
I’d come out of retirement if you promised me I could do that every day.
— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) December 13, 2017
The Titanic avoided icebergs, with few exceptions. https://t.co/pWo2u2PmHY
— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) May 12, 2017
I signed up to fight Nazis 73 years ago and I’ll do it again if I have to.
Hatred, bigotry, & fascism should have no place in this country.
— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) August 12, 2017
America has lost a beloved pillar of the Congress & one of the greatest legislators in our history. @JohnDingell’s entire life was lived in service to our country. His leadership played an important role in the passage of both #Medicare and the #ACA. https://t.co/1nt6YqB0oe
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 8, 2019
My statement on the passing of former Congressman John Dingell: pic.twitter.com/gjBYHHImzB
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 8, 2019
I, our country, and Twitter will miss @JohnDingell’s quick wit, good heart, and profound sense of patriotism. My thoughts are with @RepDebDingell, the whole Dingell family, and the wide community of friends, constituents, and fellow Americans who admired and respected him.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 8, 2019
Buddy, I think you might want to sit this one out. https://t.co/tURD30IYNj
— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) February 3, 2019
John Dingell was the Dean of the House. He earned that title — not just because he was there the longest — but because he led with great moral courage and vision. He was a friend and I will miss him terribly. Debbie is in my prayers.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 8, 2019
John Dingell was a giant of the House. A commanding presence, wonderful colleague and rapier wit — who would tell you if you did not merit 140 characters.
Few people in history have left a more profound impact on the House of Representatives. We will miss you, Mr. Chairman. https://t.co/GBKIH1wiSj
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 8, 2019
Burn this entire administration down. https://t.co/m5Hf1gvoZ4
— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) January 24, 2019