Meghan McCain contrasts father’s legacy with Trump’s ‘cheap rhetoric’

Meghan McCain contrasts father’s legacy with Trump’s ‘cheap rhetoric’

Two ex-presidents from opposing parties united Saturday in homage to late senator and American patriot John McCain, in a momentous farewell ceremony that also rebuked the politics of toxicity and division trafficked by Donald Trump.

On Friday, Meghan McCain gained attention after social media users noted the look on on her face as Vice President Mike Pence spoke during a memorial service for her father in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Friday.

McCain's daughter, Meghan, said her father had been more than a war hero, senator and presidential nominee. It's a politics that pretends to be fearless and tough, but is instead born of fear.

"He loved to laugh, and he loved to make other people laugh", Lieberman said. "In a way, it's the last great gift that John McCain gave America".

The motorcade carrying McCain's flag-draped casket is scheduled to pause on its way from the Capitol to the cathedral Saturday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

In another clear swipe at Mr Trump, she said some resented her father for being "a great fire who burned bright" and what he revealed about their own characters.

At the National Cathedral, attention will no doubt focus on the addresses by Bush and Obama. "Perhaps above all, John detested the abuse of power".


In the photo, Cindy McCain was standing with her hand on her heart next to Bridget, Sidney and Meghan McCain.

Senator McCain who is survived by his wife, seven kids, five grandkids and his mother Roberta who is 106 years old, will be buried Sunday at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Although Trump did not attend, his specter was still present at the funeral in the words of McCain's daughter, as well as in mentions by former presidents Obama and Bush, who all made note of the sitting president without stating his name, as McCain undoubtedly would have preferred. She argued that efforts by the president and others didn't equal the amount of sacrifice her father gave to his country.

Members of the military slowly carried the coffin into the cathedral, past friends and loved ones who have counted among the top power players in USA politics for decades.

President Trump was quite pointedly not invited to the John McCain's service at the reported request of McCain himself - though multiple members of his administration did attend. "We were standard bearers of different American political traditions, and throughout my presidency, John never hesitated to tell me when he thought I was screwing up, which by his calculations was about once a day".

The late Arizona senator, who died of brain cancer at 81, had a strained relationship with Trump due to his disagreements with the president over many of his policies. She just cemented her father's legacy, not as a war hero and longtime USA senator, but as an enemy of Donald Trump. McCain will be laid to rest next to his Naval Academy classmate and lifelong friend, Admiral Chuck Larson, who passed away in 2014. Obama and Bush had also been scheduled to speak at the funeral.

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