‘They had no goddamn business being there’: Meghan McCain blasts Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner for attending her father’s funeral despite the late senator asking president’s family to stay away
‘Funeral crashers’ Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump ‘had no goddamn business’ attending the Washington, DC, memorial service for the late Senator John McCain, his daughter, Meghan, said.
Meghan McCain said she was upset when former President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law were spotted at Washington National Cathedral for the memorial service for the late Arizona senator three years ago.
The DailyMail.com columnist, who is promoting her new audio memoir Bad Republican, has said in the past that the McCain family made clear that the Trumps were not welcome at the funeral.
During an appearance on Wednesday’s Watch What Happens Live on Bravo, host Andy Cohen asked Meghan: ‘At your father’s funeral you spotted Ivanka and Jared at the back of the church. In your memoir you referred to them as “funeral crashers”.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump ‘had no goddamn business’ attending the Washington, DC, memorial service for the late Senator John McCain, his daughter, Meghan McCain, said on Wednesday during an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen
Meghan McCain, a DailyMail.com columnist, referred to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as ‘funeral crashers’ for attending the memorial service for John McCain at Washington National Cathedral on September 1, 2018
‘What motivated them to come, do you think?’ Cohen asked.
‘I’ve heard lots of different stories. One of my dad’s old advisers told me that it was just an event that they wanted to go to because his funeral at the National Cathedral ended up being this enormous moment. I was told Lindsey Graham invited him. I’ve been told many different things from many different people,’ Meghan McCain said.
‘They should never have come. They had no business being there. I remember seeing them and seeing her specifically. They had no goddamn business being there and it’s something that still angers me, clearly,’ she added.
Cohen also asked about the memoir story of her taking a phone call from Donald Trump while her late father was sick.
Before his death in August 2018, the late Senator John McCain (right) explicitly demanded that then-President Donald Trump (left) not be invited to his funeral services
‘He called because there was a report in Axios by [journalist] Mike Allen that he had been making fun of my dad’s [war] injuries,’ Meghan said.
According to the report, Trump mocked John McCain’s gait. McCain walked with a limp due to injuries he sustained in captivity in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The DailyMail.com columnist shared that she got a call from the White House after tweeting about the article and her late father urged her to respect the office and take President Trump’s call.
‘It was a very weird conversation. He said, “It’s all fake news, it’s a lie. I never did that, I never did that, I never did that.”
‘And then he put Melania on the speakerphone,’ Meghan said.
‘She said, “We love you. We love you.”
‘And I said, “No, you don’t.”
‘I don’t know what this is, it was very uncomfortable because it was the only time I ever had an interaction with them,’ Meghan said.
She added: ‘It was the closest they have ever come to realizing what they were doing and the damage it caused.
‘He lost Arizona, so all’s well now.’
In the 2020 election, Meghan McCain’s mother, Cindy McCain, endorsed Trump’s Democratic opponent, Joe Biden.
Biden ended up winning Arizona by more than 10,000 votes.
Election observers said Trump’s attacks on John McCain persuaded enough Republicans in the state to cross party lines and cast their ballots for Biden – handing the Democrat Arizona’s 11 Electoral College votes.
In 2017, McCain cast the deciding ‘no’ vote which sank his own party’s attempt to follow through on Trump’s campaign pledge to repeal Obamacare
This is the second time in recent years that Meghan McCain has publicly blasted Kushner and his wife for attending the memorial service.
During a February 2019 appearance on CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert, she described being shocked at seeing the couple at the ceremony.
‘The Trumps had beef with me then, and in the words of Cardi B, they’re gonna have beef with me forever, and I’m not gonna forget,’ she said, referring to the rapper’s lyrics in the 2016 song Foreva.
‘It’s sort of a strange element of my life now that they attended, and I wish they had chosen not to, out of respect, if nothing more, for me,’ she added.
‘I thought that my family had made it clear, or at least I had, that the Trumps are unwelcome around me, and that my father had been sort of very clear about the line between the McCains and the Trumps,’ she told Colbert.
‘So I was surprised when they were there. And it made me uncomfortable, and I hope I made them uncomfortable, honestly, with everything,’ she continued, referring to her jibes at President Donald Trump while eulogizing her father.
During her eulogy, Meghan McCain criticized ‘cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice (her father) gave so willingly.’
Speaking with Colbert, Meghan McCain added of Kushner and Ivanka: ‘It’s their call, and I think America can judge on its own what they thought of that, and what they thought of my eulogy.’
Senator John McCain, who passed away after he was diagnosed with glioblastoma in late August 2018, was the target of then-President Trump’s barbs and put-downs.
During Donald Trump’s successful run for the Republican nomination, he said that John McCain, who fell into North Vietnamese captivity during his service in the Vietnam War, was not a war hero.
‘I like people who weren’t captured,’ Trump said in July 2015.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are seen attending John McCain’s funeral on September 1, 2018, at the Washington National Cathedral, a move that left Meghan McCain embittered
Meghan McCain (right) leaves the podium after speaking during the funeral service for U.S. Sen. John McCain at the National Cathedral on September 1, 2018
Meghan McCain and her mother Cindy McCain embrace as the casket of the late Senator John McCain arrives at the Washington National Cathedral for the funeral service for John McCain
Trump also referred to the late Arizona senator as a ‘loser.’
After Trump was elected, John McCain was tied to the leak of British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s ‘dirty dossier’ on Trump, which contained salacious and unsubstantiated allegations.
Former State Department official David Kramer, an executive at the McCain Institute, met with BuzzFeed reporter Ken Bensinger on December 29, 2016 and passed the information in the dossier, according to court documents.
Two weeks later, Buzzfeed published the dossier, which landed like a bombshell just days before Trump’s inauguration.
During the Trump presidency, John McCain angered his nemesis when he cast the deciding vote sinking his own party’s attempt to pass a ‘skinny repeal’ of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
McCain cast the dramatic ‘no’ vote after rushing back to the Senate less than two weeks after undergoing brain surgery.
In subsequent speeches to his supporters, Trump would frequently bring up John McCain’s ‘thumbs down’ vote that kept Obamacare in place.
One of Trump’s campaign pledges was to repeal his predecessor’s signature piece of legislation.
It was reported that John McCain explicitly made clear his wish that Donald Trump not be allowed to attend the memorial service.
It was also reported that McCain’s family disinvited former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who John McCain picked as his running mate when he won the 2008 GOP presidential nomination.
Trump versus McCain – how the disputes developed
Trump has had few good words to say about John McCain and the feud stretches back to at least 2015. Here is a potted history.
Trump and McCain feuded for years, and the enmity continued beyond the grave
June 30, 2015: ‘I just disagree with his comments about the, quote, Mexicans,’ McCain said about the campaign speech in which Trump suggested Mexican immigrants bring ‘drugs’ and ‘crime’ into the U.S. and that some of them are ‘rapists.’
July 16, 2015: Trump calls McCain ‘weak’ during rally in Arizona. McCain hit back telling the New Yorker that Trump ‘fired up the crazies’ before Trump said ‘The thousands of people that showed up for me in Phoenix were amazing Americans. @SenJohnMcCain called them ‘crazies’–must apologize!’. He then added that McCain graduated last in his class in Annapolis and said he was a ‘dummy’.
July 18, 2015: Trump said of McCain’s time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. ‘He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.’
December 22, 2015: McCain says he is ‘concerned’ over Trump’s praise of Russian president Vladimir Putin. ‘The thing that is so concerning about Mr. Trump’s compliments of Vladimir Putin is Vladimir Putin has slaughtered his own, murdered his own people, including people I knew. He has, his equipment has shot down an airliner and killed a couple hundred people.’
April 19, 2016: McCain announced he would not attend the Republican primary where Trump was due to be officially named the party’s presidential nominee.
August 1, 2016: McCain criticised Trump who had criticized the Gold Star parents of a fallen U.S army captain. He said: ‘In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents. He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.’
October 8, 2016: Footage emerged showing Trump making misogynistic comments in 2005. McCain, and wife Cindy, said in a statement: ‘Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy
December 29, 2016: McCain associate David Kramer, an executive at the McCain Institute, met with BuzzFeed reporter Ken Bensinger and passed off British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s ‘dirty dossier’. Buzzfeed published the dossier two weeks later.
July 25, 2017: McCain rushed back to the Senate less than two weeks after brain surgery to vote ‘no’ on repealing the Affordable Care Act, which both he and Trump had campaigned on repealing.
April 17, 2018: McCain released memoir ‘The Restless Wave’ in which he made unflinching criticisms of Trump, Russia and his feelings of unease around the president.
June 20, 2018: Trump publicly blamed McCain for the Republican’s failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017. McCain’s daughter Meghan branded the move as ‘gross’.
September 1, 2018: McCain’s funeral is held at the Washington National Cathedral. He made explicit his wish that Trump not attend.
February 7, 2019: McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain appears on the Late Show and criticizes Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner for attending her father’s funeral. She said she would never squash her ‘beef’ with the Trump family.
March 2019: Trump continues to attack McCain. The president called him ‘horrible’ after the late senator’s two daughters begged for the president to leave their dad and family alone.
May 2019: It is claimed Trump wanted the USS John McCain ‘out of sight’ during his visit to Japan