President Donald Trump was explicitly banned from attending Senator John McCain’s funeral and memorial service by request of the late Senator.
However, this did not stop him from being present.
Envoys from the administration attended the Washington DC memorial. Trump’s eldest daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump chose to attend along with her husband, Jared Kushner. Vice President Mike Pence spoke and mentioned the President in his remarks.
While others did not say his name or refer to “the President,” many—including the staff at Fox News—decided descriptions of certain admirable traits in Senator McCain denigrated the President’s actions and behavior. And that descriptions of the type of politics McCain disliked also perfectly matched Trump.
Among those speakers criticized by Fox News for speaking badly of Trump was former President Barack Obama who said:
“So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty. Trafficking in bombast and insult, and phony controversies, and manufactured outrage. It’s a politics that pretends to be brave and tough but, in fact, is born of fear.”
“[Senator McCain] believed in honest argument and hearing other views [and] championed a free and independent press as vital to our democratic debate. He understood that if we get in the habit of bending the truth to suit political expediency or party orthodoxy, our democracy will not work.”
“[Senator McCain understood] what makes our country great. Our membership is not based on our bloodline, not what we look like, what our last names are. It’s not based on where out parents or grandparents came from or how recently they arrived, but on adherence to a common creed that all of us are created equal, endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights.”
Former President George W. Bush was also accused of referring to Trump when he said:
“[P]erhaps above all, John detested the abuse of power, could not abide bigots and swaggering despots.”
“He spoke up for the little guy—forgotten people in forgotten places.”
The late Senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain, also failed to mention Donald Trump or “the President,” yet people decided she referenced Trump in her remarks.
“We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness. The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege.”
“America does not boast because she does not have need to. The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great.”
Watch her full eulogy here:
Trump supporters quickly pounced on the grieving daughter of the late Senator on social media.
Sadly, @MeghanMcCain seemed to do exactly what she slammed Trump for doing. What should have been reflection and celebration of a patriot’s life, has been turned into political theatrics and cheap shots. It’s embarrassing, and really disappointing. https://t.co/xVK1PxOkVf
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) September 1, 2018
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) September 1, 2018
Love him or hate him, he’s still their obsession. They can’t do anything without talking about him. Must suck to be that deranged and pathetic. #MAGA
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) September 1, 2018
They all ignored that it was President Trump who publicly insulted John McCain. In 2015, during a presidential campaign appearance at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, then candidate Donald Trump told the crowd and the cameras:
“He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
When asked about his remarks after leaving the stage, Trump immediately denied saying it.
Of course, people online pushed back against those taking exception to the remarks made at McCain’s memorial.
— Sugar Ray Morrison (@SugrRayMorrison) September 1, 2018
They’re *laughing* at him because he’s a joke, constantly tweeting and golfing and doing nothing else. But if it makes you feel better thinking he’s relevant, have at it. #Midterms2018
— Christine Parker (@Parkerbischoff) September 1, 2018
And “they” are your obsession, it seems. But it’s pot calling kettle black. MAGAits are obsessed to the point of religious rapture @realDonaldTrump and it’s not pretty, not logical, not workable, and damned dangerous on several levels. So think about that.
— Danai Lamb (@DanaiLamb) September 1, 2018
— MOTR Politics (@MOTRPolitics1) September 2, 2018
And then someone shared this, which gets to the heart of the matter.
Funny how talking about honor, country and decency is interpreted as a slam on Trump.
— political news feed (@FeedPolitical) September 2, 2018
If a person—or cable news network—thinks talking of admirable qualities is a dig at their guy and describing horrible traits also matches their guy completely, maybe they need to take another look at who they support.
Because not one speaker being criticized for mocking the President said “Donald Trump.”