She did what many other daughters or sons would never, ever consider doing in this country.
During the eulogy she delivered for her father, Sen. John McCain, on Saturday in Washington, D.C., at the National Cathedral, Meghan McCain (shown above center) included some serious digs at one of her father’s political enemies, President Donald Trump, in her remarks.
It was hardly a secret that there was no love lost between McCain and Trump over the years — but consider the remarks she made to all those assembled and the television viewing audience.
“John Sidney McCain III was many things. 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 nominee for president of the United States,” said Meghan McCain. “These are all of the titles and roles of a life that’s been well-lived. They’re not the greatest of his titles nor the most important of his roles.”
She continued on with these comments — and note the swipe within, though no names were mentioned: “He was a great man. We gather to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice, those that live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.”
She also said this: “The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold. She’s resourceful, confident, secure. She meets her responsibilities. She speaks quietly because she’s strong. America does not boast because she has no need to. The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great. That fervent faith, that proven devotion, that abiding love — that is what drove my father from the fiery skies above the Red River delta to the brink of the presidency itself.”
Americans of all walks of life and persuasions have been sharing thoughts about this eulogy delivered over the weekend — a remarkable speech in many ways that is worth pausing for and watching in its entirety for those readers who haven’t done so already.
But here’s what clear: Many conservatives are none too pleased at how this solemn occasion for remembrance and grieving and honoring the deceased was turned into a political occasion.
Consider the following 10 thoughts shared by conservatives on social media, in comments, in emails and more — some folks held nothing back:
1.) “I think bashing [President] Trump at a funeral is very trashy, to say the least.”
2.) “Meghan and her family are an entitled, arrogant, angry family who should be grateful for their life of privilege.”
3.) “It was not appropriate for a family member during a eulogy to take potshots at someone else — whether the target of that vitriol was the president of the United States or anyone else. You don’t inject bitterness and hatred into funeral proceedings! Why not just honor the deceased with dignity and reverence and leave the horrible things out?”
4.) “I thank Meghan McCain and her father. They taught all of us how NOT to die. Petty, disgraceful and disrespectful on all sides.”
5.) “A shameful circus — that’s what McCain’s week-long, unending dirge was. I’m ashamed of his family for allowing this train wreck to happen in the name of partisan politics.”
6.) “[Sen. John McCain] screwed — deliberately and with malice aforethought — the American people with that final vote ‘no’ [against the repeal of Obamacare]. That is how we will remember that nasty, bitter bastard.”
7.) “Obviously the eulogy she delivered was her choice, but no parting shots were needed. A disguised putdown of the president was not necessary. The service should have celebrated her father’s life, not taken shots at the president.”
8.) “Even [George W.] Bush and [Barack] Obama managed to take shots at President Trump [at McCain’s funeral on Saturday]. That wasn’t the place. It was the place to celebrate a man’s life. What, they can’t control themselves even during a funeral service?”
“We are more determined to stand with President Trump and give him all the support we can.”
9.) “Just shows why Meghan is on ‘The View.’ Not ready for prime time! Please ask the governor of Arizona to appoint someone who supports President Trump! The best revenge!”
10.) “They turned John McCain’s funeral into a President Trump’s bashing, and I can tell you, they helped our president. We are more determined to stand with President Trump and give him all the support we can. President Trump, we are going to drain the swamp and Make America Great Again.”
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