In a truly unprecedented and utterly surreal series of events that is a sad indictment of how low our politics have degraded in the Trump era, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. has been forced to step into the ongoing feud between President Trump and the corpse of John McCain.
During a speech yesterday at a factory in Ohio, President Trump continued his days-long grumblings about the late Arizona Senator, complaining that he “gave him” the funeral he wanted and never got a thank you for it.
President Trump on John McCain: "I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don't care about this. I didn’t get thank you. That's ok. We sent him on the way, but I wasn't a fan of John McCain." pic.twitter.com/hG4XwOiIBO
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 20, 2019
Whether or not he was literally expecting a thank you from a dead man or from his family, who did not invite him to the funeral, or from the body politic at large, for a funeral that he had little to do with is unclear.
But seeing the remarks become a national issue in an otherwise slow news week, the National Cathedral stepped in to clarify that in fact, Trump and his administration did not “give” McCain anything.
Speaking to the Hill, a spokesman informed the president that “Washington National Cathedral was honored to host the funeral service for Senator John McCain. All funerals and memorial services at the Cathedral are organized by the family of the deceased; only a state funeral for a former president involves consultation with government officials,”
Trump’s incessant need to take credit for anything and everything he possibly can is infamous at this point, and for the National Cathedral to take the unheard-of step of intervening in a national debate between the president of the United States and the deceased target of his ire should be an alarm bell for everyone involved in American politics — especially the president’s defenders, who should be ostracized and expelled from all levels of power for their enablement of this disgrace.