While Sen. John McCain was being eulogized Saturday at Washington National Cathedral, President Trump went about his normal routine — not that his presence wasn’t felt at the memorial service when daughter Meghan McCain dissed Trump from the pulpit.
Because of the animus between Trump and the Arizona senator, the president was not invited to attend the service, but to the surprise of many Ivanka Trump did score an invitation. Even more surprising is who reportedly extended the invite.
The president’s oldest daughter arrived with husband Jared Kushner and Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, and the New York Times reported that Sen. Lindsey Graham asked her to attend.
The South Carolina Republican was a close friend of McCain, who died on Aug. 25 at age 81 after a more than year-long battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer.
In a piece that hit Trump for playing golf, The Times cited a White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity in reporting that it was Graham who extended an invitation to Ivanka, after clearing it with McCain’s widow.
McCain’s daughter surely knew that the president’s daughter was in the room when she took a not-so-veiled shot at Trump in her eulogy.
“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great,” Meghan McCain said.
On the day set aside to honor McCain, CNN reported about how “odd” it was for the president’s daughter to pay her respects to the late senator.
But that proved to be tame compared to hate spewed on social media, at Ivanka and Graham:
As @IvankaTrump Texts…
— Marsha (@Whippenz) September 1, 2018
It was completely inappropriate for @LindseyGrahamSC to intervene with grieving @cindymccain on behalf of the Trump family. A “nice gesture”? This was a funeral, not a garden party. #JohnMcCainFuneral #Respect https://t.co/AjbBZgduad
— Ms Porpentine (@RecipeSoup) September 2, 2018
So he took it upon hime of to invite the daughter of the man who repeatedly insulted McCain and then put a grieving widow in the uncomfortable position of having to say yes or no? Selfish & inconsiderate. Guess Trump is rubbing off on him. https://t.co/5Fj8ZQv9TN
— Buffy the Psych Prof (@DrPsyBuffy) September 2, 2018
Not that there aren’t still a few classy people out there in the Twitter wasteland:
@IvankaTrump please accept a national apology for the remarks made at Mr. MCain’s funeral. So unnecessary & divisive. A national embarrassment. Appreciate your family’s calm in the midst of a storm. Thanks for your very hard work for our country. #McCainFuneral
— Kay W Barry (@hope4kay) September 1, 2018
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