Trump Says McCain Family Didn’t Thank Him For Funeral; Trump Lied

Caught in another lie, and this time Trump looks like a monster.


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For all the ruckus that Donald Trump has raised over John McCain in the last few days, one could be forgiven for assuming the late Arizona Senator was haunting the President as Trump bides his time waiting for the Mueller report he’s dreading so much. That would be very much in character for the two-time presidential candidate, whose second bid for the White House was haunted, in a sense, by the spirit of Trump — since his running mate, Sarah Palin, was sort of the pre-Trump era candidate most like The Donald.

But probably the most offensive thing that the President has said about the recently-passed Republican legend was when he essentially took credit for “allowing” McCain’s funeral to proceed as a state event in the National Cathedral, his remains on display at the US Capitol in an honor given to only 29 other dignitaries before him, a third of whom were presidents.

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During a speech at a tank factory in Lima, Ohio, Trump told the gathered crowd that the decision to honor McCain was his:

I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted — which as president I had to approve. I don’t care about this. I didn’t get a thank you. That’s okay.”

The statement was offensive on two different levels, actually.

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First, as the National Cathedral pointed out, Trump’s approval was never necessary for the funeral to take place:

But more importantly, Trump’s claim that he “never got thanked” isn’t just grossly disturbing — it’s completely inaccurate. The McCain family sent out Rick Davis, the Senator’s presidential campaign advisor and spokesman, to thank everyone involved in the organization of the event, from top to bottom.

Davis’ statement thanked not just family and friends, not just the Governor of Arizona and lawmakers close to McCain, but also specifically the leaders (at the time) of the Senate and the House, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan — and specifically the Trump administration and the White House.

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