During his recent funeral service, John McCain was eulogized by former Presidents, Barack Obama and George Bush and members of his family.
Although he was not invited to the service, many of the eulogies included attacks toward Donald Trump.
During his speaking, George Bush took subtle swipes at Trump. Bush, who notably defeated John McCain in the 2000 Republican Presidential primary, stated about the Arizona Senator:
“[He] detested the abuse of power and could not abide bigots and swaggering despots. He respected the dignity inherent in every life, a dignity that does not stop at borders and cannot be erased by dictators. John’s voice will always come as a whisper over our shoulder: ‘We’re better than this, America is better than this.’”
Obama’s eulogy was also a loaded anti-Trump diatribe:
“John understood that part of what makes our country great is that our membership is based not on our bloodline, not on what we look like, but on our adherence to a common creed that all of us are created equal, endowed by our Creator certain unalienable rights. So much of our politics can seem small and mean and petty. Trafficking in bombast and insult, phony controversies and manufactured outrage. It’s a politics that pretends to be brave and tough, but is instead born of fear. John called on us to be bigger than that, to be better than that. Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be, but what will happen in all the other days will depend on what you do today. What better way to honor John McCain than follow his example.”
Meghan McCain took the most noticeable shots at Trump, becoming emotional as she delivered her eulogy to her father:
“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 live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served. The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold. She is resourceful and confident and 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.”
It’s not exactly shocking that the Establishment elite has used the passing of one of their own as a political prop but it’s by no means a good look for them. To politicize the death of anyone is the sign of utter and flailing desperation but to use it as an excuse to launch attacks on someone is shamelessly worse.