As we all know by now, former war veteran, presidential candidate, and current Arizona senator, John McCain passed away last Saturday. Two of McCain’s best friends, Lindsey Graham ( R-SC ), and Joe Lieberman ( I-CN ), defended McCain’s daughter, Meghan, for taking shots at President Trump during her eulogy. Both men said that she was “grieving,” and that she was acting like her father, in that she would not back down from any criticism.
Lindsey Graham, on Fox News Sunday, and Joe Lieberman, on CNN, said that she did a “magnificent” job. Meghan McCain used Trump’s campaign catchphrase “Make America Great Again,” saying that there was no need to “make America great again,” because it has always been great. Then she poked at Trump when she said “We gather to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men that will never come near the sacrifice…” referring to the things Trump has said in the past about McCain’s experience in Vietnam.
Some believe that Meghan’s comments were directly pointed at Trump because of the feud they have had over the years since McCain wasn’t 100% on board the Trump agenda. Trump did not go to the funeral yesterday due to his lack of invitation, but his daughter Ivanka, her husband Jared Kushner, James Mattis, and John Kelly all attended. Trump was playing golf during the funeral and tweeted “Make America Great Again” while it was occurring.
In my opinion, I don’t think it was very professional for Meghan McCain to bash Trump, although she never specifically used his name. I do, however, understand that she is grieving and was showing her frustrations. The president, after not saying much when the death of McCain was first reported, did pay his respects later in the week, but was not invited to the funeral services.