Trump Critics Use John McCain’s Funeral To Criticize The President — Here’s What They Said

Scott Morefield | Reporter

Several speakers threw in jabs at President Trump during Saturday’s funeral service for the late Senator John McCain.

“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great,” said Meghan McCain, referencing Trump’s presidential campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

McCain also called 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 while he suffered and served.”

Former President Obama also took a few shots at the president without naming any names. (RELATED: Obama Delivers Challenge In McCain Eulogy: Be Bigger Than Politics ‘Born Of Fear’)

“John McCain understood that if we get in the habit of bending the truth to suit political expediency, or party orthodoxy, our democracy will not work,” he said.

Former President George Bush also delivered what some considered to be a few Trump digs.

“Above all, John detested the abuse of power,” said Bush. “He 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,” he continued. “John’s voice will always come as a whisper over our shoulder: ‘We’re better than this, America is better than this.'”

Some conservatives noticed the trend and pointing it out via Twitter:

Liberals and Trump’s critics, on the other hand, saw the funeral as a perfect opportunity to criticize the sitting president. So much so that Wall Street Journal correspondent David Wessell saw the funeral “shaping up as the Washington Establishment’s response to Trump” and wondered if it would “have a lasting impact.”

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, a frequent Trump critic, was quick to weigh in.

Politico editor-in-chief Blake Hounshell praised Meghan McCain’s rebuke of President Trump as “extraordinary.”

Others pointed out the fact that Trump was actually doing something else, even though he was clearly not invited to the funeral.

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