source close to John McCain says that both former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush plan to eulogize McCain at his funeral, which recently published details suggest is imminent. In addition, a source told The New York Times that McCain did not want President Donald Trump to attend and that Vice President Mike Pence would go as a representative of the White House.
The bad blood between Trump and McCain began when Trump stated on the 2016 presidential campaign trail that he did not consider the senator to be a war hero, saying, “I like people who weren’t captured.” Following those statements, McCain’s daughter Meghan, who is currently a co-host on “The View,” said she was “disgusted” and “horrified” by Trump’s remarks.
The news of two former presidents from both sides of the aisle coming together to honor Sen. McCain harkens back to an age of politics that wasn’t so bitterly partisan. The Times reports that former vice president Joe Biden visited McCain at his ranch recently. “I wanted to let him know how much I love him and how much he matters to me and how much I admire his integrity and his courage,” Biden said, adding, “I wanted to see my friend.”
That kind of political civility was on display in 2008 when John McCain was Barack Obama’s opponent in the presidential election. On the campaign trail in Minnesota, McCain attempted to defuse a woman’s protestation of Barack Obama’s eligibility for the Oval Office, saying that Obama was “an Arab,” saying she couldn’t “trust” him.
“I have to tell you,” McCain said, “Senator Obama is a decent person and a person you don’t have to be scared of as president of the United States.”
Members of the crowd did not take especially kindly to McCain’s defense of his Democratic opponent, as some shouted “terrorist” and “liar,” referring to Obama.
“No, ma’am,” McCain continued. “He’s a decent family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that’s what this campaign’s all about.”
While the Republican party has stoked the furor of its supporters for over a decade, they eventually found themselves unable to control the more fringe elements of their own party. John McCain lost that election. But Donald Trump saw an opportunity to embrace it and won.