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Meghan McCain swipes at Trump, 'cheap rhetoric' in father's eulogy

Meghan McCain swipes at Trump, 'cheap rhetoric' in father's eulogy

Meghan McCain attacked “cheap rhetoric” and those who use it during her speech at her father’s funeral service on Saturday in Washington while taking several swipes at President TrumpDonald John TrumpCalifornia lawmakers pass stiffest net neutrality law in US Trump criticizes ABC/WaPo poll that found support for impeachment Trump hails unions, touts trade moves in Labor Day message MORE.

In her eulogy honoring Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: McCain honored in Capitol ceremony | Mattis extends border deployment | Trump to embark on four-country trip after midterms Congress gives McCain the highest honor Poll: More Dems approve of McCain than Republicans after his death MORE (R-Ariz.), the first remarks from a scheduled speaker at the service, McCain, 33, battled tears as she recounted her father’s wartime sacrifice in Vietnam.

“He was a great man,” McCain told the audience. “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,” she added.

McCain went after the president elsewhere in her speech, dropping a reference to Trump’s signature 2016 campaign slogan as well.

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“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great,” she said to applause.

McCain addressed a packed audience at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, with various lawmakers and dignitaries on hand to honor the late senator.

Trump himself was not invited to attend the service, though his daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump family, foundation seek dismissal of ‘self-dealing’ lawsuit Pence: ‘Liberals in national media’ met their match in Trump Trump lashes out at CNN, NBC in sustained media attacks MORE and her husband Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill’s Morning Report: Trump shifts campaign focus from Senate to House Pence: ‘Liberals in national media’ met their match in Trump Trump lashes out at CNN, NBC in sustained media attacks MORE were in attendance.

McCain said her father was not “defined” by his membership in the Republican Party any more than he was by his service in the Navy or by his capture by North Vietnamese forces.

“John McCain was not defined by prison, by the Navy, by the Senate, by the Republican Party, or by any single one of the deeds in his absolutely extraordinary life,” she told the audience.

“John McCain was defined by love,” McCain added.

The Arizona senator, who had served in the legislative body since 1987, died last week at the age of 81, a year after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

Before his death, the senator battled frequently with his own party over issues such as health care and support for Trump, whom McCain unendorsed in 2016 following the publication of the now-infamous “Access Hollywood” tape.

Other scheduled speakers at Saturday’s service included former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush.

Published at Sat, 01 Sep 2018 14:34:27 +0000