2018-09-01 15:25:42 UTC
Meghan McCain took a number of swipes at President Trump on Saturday in a eulogy
for her father John McCain -- who sparred with Trump on a number of occasions
before his death last week of brain cancer.
'The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America
was always great,' she said, in what appeared to a reference to Trump's
presidential campaign slogan: "Make America Great Again."
She also said that her father's passing represented 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."
McCain was being remembered at a memorial service in Washington National
Cathedral, attended by former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Trump,
a week after the Arizona Republican died at age 81 after a battle with brain
The memorial service will notably not feature President Trump, who had feuded
with McCain, particularly during the presidential campaign. In 2015, after
McCain had said Trump's platform had "fired up the crazies," Trump had mocked
McCain's imprisonment in the Vietnam War, saying: "I like people that weren't
captured." Trump has also fumed about McCain's vote last year to kill off a bill
to reform ObamaCare.
A six-term senator and a Vietnam veteran who was held as a prisoner of war for
more than five years, McCain pushed for bipartisanship on the Hill. He ran
against Bush for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000. He clinched the
nomination in 2008 but was defeated in the presidential election by Obama.
Both Bush and Obama will speak on Saturday, along with former Secretary of State
Henry Kissinger, former Connecticut Sen. Joe Liebermann. McCains pallbearers
include actor Warren Beatty and Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza, as well
as former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael