While undoubtedly tragic to his surviving family, the passing of former Arizona Senator John McCain admittedly did not come as a great shock to much of the nation following his announcement that he would be discontinuing treatment for brain cancer. Although McCain’s legacy ended with his death on Saturday, controversy has ensued pertaining to those invited, or notably not invited to the former senator’s funeral.
While President Donald Trump not being invited to the funeral is not entirely shocking considering that McCain announced him not being welcome months ago, the recent announcement that McCain’s former running mate, Sarah Palin, is also not invited is what can be considered a downright slap in the face to Palin. She had proven nothing but faithful to McCain yet is the victim of his final parting shots following his death.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Sarah Pain is “not invited to memorial services” for McCain, as verified by Carla Eudy who worked on behalf of McCain’s fundraising campaign.
Palin, without a doubt, remained faithful to McCain and his legacy following his death in expressing her deepest condolences to his family.
Upon learning of his death, Palin tweeted the following:
“Today we lost an American original. Sen. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs. John never took the easy path in life – and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than self.”
“John McCain was my friend. I will remember the good times. My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family. – Sarah Palin and family”
Palin expressed these words despite the fact that McCain, in May, revealed in his book, The Restless Wave, that he now regrets “choosing Palin as his running mate instead of his close friend, former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut” pertaining to the 2008 election in which the republican duo, unfortunately, lost to former president and vice president Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
According to McCain’s complaints in regard to Palin as his potential VP, Palin was said to have been incompetent in representing them in interviews and other encounters with the news media.
Others argued that “Palin was more interested in advancing her own career – and popularity among conservative voters – than assuring the success of the McCain-Palin ticket, led by the more moderate McCain.”
Admittedly, that sounds similar to those who oppose President Trump for implementing extremely conservative policies as he promised to do.
However, following the failed attempt to regain the White House for republicans in 2008, McCain and Palin did pursue different political goals within the realm of the GOP with Palin becoming “an inspirational figure for the Tea Party and for grassroots conservatives” while McCain conversely “campaigned as a conservative border hawk.”
That division, however, was apparently enough for McCain or his family to request that Palin not attend the funeral to occur on Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. where he will be laid to rest.
Yet possibly the most disturbing aspect surrounding the funeral guest list is who McCain reportedly requested be present and are to speak on his behalf: former commander in chiefs Barack Obama and George W. Bush and former vice president Joe Biden.
Current Vice President Mike Pence reportedly “will likely attend the funeral,” also per McCain’s wishes as of May this year.
This is truly disheartening that McCain has caused further division among the republican party even after his passing.
The utmost disgrace lies in the horror that the likes of Obama and Biden will be present, likely appearing holier than thou while claiming to be paying their respects to a candidate that they formerly opposed.
From McCain and his family’s perspective, it is undeniably petty considering that whatever grudges he seemingly held against Palin were deemed less reprehensible than Obama and Biden taking the presidential victory instead and then subsequently working to make a mess of America’s economy to which President Trump was later forced to fix.
Yet McCain admittedly helped continue Obama’s embarrassing legacy, most notably when he “filibustered a motion that was to finally overthrow Obamacare,” causing further division between him and President Trump.
With all respect to President Trump, he admittedly did say at one point of McCain, “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
While that is undeniably a disrespectful thing to say of any veteran, McCain apparently took such great offense to the comment to the point that he claimed, upon knowing that he was dying, that President Trump was not to attend the funeral.
As for Palin, however, her lack of receiving an invitation to the funeral seems entirely uncalled for and representative of McCain having been unable to let go of a past failure.
However, in truly being the more mature party in this situation, Palin said in response to not being invited, “Out of respect for Sen. McCain and his family, we have nothing to add at this point. The Palin family will always cherish their friendship with the McCains and hold those memories dear.”
Conversely, McCain and his surviving family have unnecessarily created controversy following a notable a politician’s death which speaks volumes about how he will be remembered.