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Meghan McCain contrasts father’s legacy with Trump’s ‘cheap rhetoric’
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Washington ( Top stories online )Meghan McCain on Saturday presented the legacy of her father, John McCain, as a sharp contrast to the conduct of President Donald Trump, with whom the late senator bitterly feuded.
Although McCain didn’t mention the President by name — and he was not present at the service, in accordance with the late senator’s wishes — she made several unmistakable and pointed references throughout her emotional remarks.
“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,” McCain told the crowd of mourners at Washington National Cathedral, which included family, friends, former presidents, military officials and foreign leaders.
“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great,” she said, a not-so-veiled reference to Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan. The line was received with loud and sustained applause in the cathedral.