2018-09-01 20:50:10 UTC
It was a pretty spectacular snub by the late Sen. John McCain to not only
request that the nations sitting president be excluded from McCains funeral
services at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, but also to ask former
presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to deliver the eulogies.
The swipes at President Donald Trump didnt end there.
With key members of the Trump administration and family in attendanceincluding
Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, John Kelly, John Bolton, and Rudy Giuliani
McCains daughter, Meghan, indirectly criticized Trump during her own tearful
We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness. The real thing. Not
cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so
willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of
comfort and privilege while he suffered and served, Meghan McCain said.
She drew applause when she added, The America of John McCain has no need to be
made great again because America was always great.
Later, Obama said, So much of our politics, our public life, our public
discourse can seem small and mean and petty. Trafficking in bombast and insult
and phony controversies and manufactured outrage. Its a politics that pretends
to be brave and tough, but in fact, is born of fear.
He added: John called on us to be bigger than that. He called on us to be
better than that.
Trump, meanwhile, spent the morning Saturday sending a flurry of unrelated
tweets, including after television news coverage of McCains services already
had begun broadcasting live from Washington. In the tweets, Trump attacked the
news media, Canada, FISA courts, the Justice Department, the FBI, Hillary
Clinton, and NAFTA, and the sitting president claimed his constitutional rights
had somehow been violated.
In one rambling tweet, he even misspelled Obamas first name.
As politicians from across the political spectrumboth past and presentcapped a
week of lengthy remembrances of, and tributes to, McCain, who died last Saturday
at 81, Trump arrived at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA, his 152nd
day at a Trump golf club as president.