The funeral services for Senator John McCain (R-Ariz) were politically charged from start to finish.
Here are just a few of the politically charged incidents from the senator’s funeral services:
- In May, Sen. McCain made it clear that he didn’t want President Donald Trump to attend his funeral.
- President Trump tweeted his condolences to the family but refused to take questions from reporters on McCain himself.
- Two days after McCain’s death, President Trump returned the White House flags to full staff, forgoing a tradition that the rest of D.C. was maintaining to keep the flag lowered until the internment. The White House later returned the flag to half-staff.
- Meghan McCain jabbed President Trump during her speech, saying McCain’s America was always great. The Hill compiled a list of all of the other speakers’ jabs.
- President Trump returned the favor, jabbing back with a tweet that said, “Make America Great Again.”
Needless to say, there has been a lot of highly charged political statements swarming the senator’s passing. Not everyone was on board with the highly politicized funeral services, some joked about the strange controversy while others went as far as calling the event a “political rally.”
There was a time in American history when you could tell the difference between a funeral and a political rally.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) September 1, 2018
Even Jesus, our savior, had a simple Funeral. I’m sorry. I just can’t hold back with all this pomp and ceremony. I find it rather disturbing and distasteful.
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) September 1, 2018
If my daughter uses my funeral to take petty political jabs, I’m definitely going to haunt her.
— Robert J. O’Neill (@mchooyah) September 2, 2018
Watching John McCain’s funeral reminded me that I need to make a list of all the people I hate so that when I die, everyone at my funeral can systematically shit-talk them.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) September 2, 2018
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
It’s too bad she can’t participate in a funeral instead of lobbing political hand grenades.
— Ken Cuccinelli (@KenCuccinelli) September 1, 2018
Thinking about funerals: I hope I have lots of time but if not: anyone can come, will be about God and not politics, and celebrate.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) September 2, 2018
Even some left-leaning users couldn’t help but point out how odd it was to have a funeral be so politically charged.
The entire funeral is a rebuke of the sitting president. Pretty wild.
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) September 1, 2018
Make no mistake: the applause ringing out at the Cathedral when Meghan McCain says ‘America has no need to be made great again because America was always great’ is not standard. Never heard applause at a funeral here before.
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) September 1, 2018
Although the service was politically charged, Sen. McCain had planned the whole thing. All of his final wishes, including the exclusion of President Trump, were honored.
It was Sen. McCain’s right to have the service he planned, and it is everyone else’s right to think the service went too far.