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 Trump.
In her eulogy honoring Sen. John McCain (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.
Meghan McCain: “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.” pic.twitter.com/KMI9v6LiUA
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McCain went after the president elsewhere in her speech, dropping a reference to Trump’s signature 2016 campaign slogan as well.
“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.
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.