The multi-day farewell to the late Senator John McCain came to a conclusion today with his funeral service at Washington National Cathedral. After an honor guard carried McCain’s casket down the steps of the Capitol Building for a final time, the funeral procession made a brief stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial where McCain’s widow Cindy placed a wreath of roses in his honor before continuing to the service at the cathedral.
The cathedral was filled with luminaries from both sides of the political aisle, including three former presidents, G. W. Bush and Barrack Obama, both of whom offered eulogies at the service at Senator McCain’s invitation, and Bill Clinton.
Before Bush and Obama spoke, however, the initial eulogy was delivered by the late Senator’s daughter Meghan McCain, who has become his most publicly known offspring due to her ubiquitous presence on TV over the past decade. In her heartfelt and strongly personal tribute to her father, the co-host of ABC’s The View couldn’t help but take a few oblique swipes at her father’s most notorious recent adversary, President Trump who was not in attendance due to the explicit wishes of the McCain family.
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At one point, Meghan McCain referred to the “greatness” of her father, saying that John McCain’s excellence was the “real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly,” in an obvious reference to the antagonistic president who dodged the draft to avoid serving in the Vietnam War claiming bone spurs.
The Senator’s daughter made an even more direct attack on Trump in her eulogy when she referenced the president’s marketing slogan, saying:
“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great.”
A long wave of applause echoed through the cathedral once she uttered those words as the only members of the Trump family in attendance, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, sat uncomfortably trying to suppress any outward reactions to the attack and the audience response.
Meghan McCain didn’t only attack her father’s antagonist and antithesis, she also gave a rundown of his many roles.
“He was a sailor. He was an aviator. He was a husband. He was a warrior. He was a prisoner. He was a hero. He was a congressman. He was a senator. He was a nominee for president of the United States.”
It was a more personal role that she lauded as his most important, however.
“The best of John McCain, the greatest of his titles and the most important of his roles, was as a father,” she said.
She told the assembled mourners of her father’s tender side as a parent, joining her in a chorus of “Singing in the Rain” and helping her overcome her fear after she fell from a horse.
McCain’s funeral service continued with eulogies from former Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) as well as both Presidents Bush and Obama, which will be covered in a separate article, but no one else will be able to top Meghan McCain’s comments on the orange elephant in the room.
You can watch a clip of Meghan McCain’s eulogy for her father in the video clip below.
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