‘Shame on them’: ABC pummeled when correspondents fantasize how Trump would conduct his own funeral

Much like they did when Sen. John McCain died, the media embraced the memory of former President George H.W. Bush not because they revered the man, but to strike a contrast with President Donald Trump — they praise Bush to then make an unfavorable comparison.

And while the Bush family went out of its way to ensure the 41st president’s funeral service was apolitical, the media more than made up for this with a relentless focus on Trump in their coverage, but ABC News correspondent Terry Moran took things a step further when he mocked the president by fantasizing how he would conduct his own funeral.


“First he’s going to choreograph it. So, there might be more trumpets and fanfare,” Moran said of the idea of Trump someday having a state funeral. “It will be the best presidential funeral ever. No one will ever have seen anything like that funeral.”

That President Trump’s death was central in their mind not wholly unexpected.

To be clear, Moran is not a fan of Trump’s, as seen in his earlier coverage of Bush’s funeral.

“[Bush] recognized that whatever he thought of 45 — and he didn’t much like him — he was put there by the people and the Constitution, and he wanted him at his funeral,” he said.

This being a display of how much the media appreciated Bush, injecting politics into what should have been a somber moment that celebrated the former president’s life.

On a day Americans might hope the media would set aside its consuming hatred of President Trump, a classless Moran stooped to a troubling low to disappoint them.

Here’s a sampling of responses from social media users on Twitter:

As one observer noted, the correspondents became ‘a bit giddy’ while discussing Trump’s mock funeral.

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Tom Tillison


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