Meghan McCain’s passionate, tearful eulogy delivered during her father, Sen. John McCain’s, funeral, was widely praised from across the political aisle, with many noting what appeared to be swipes at President Donald Trump.
“Make no mistake: the applause ringing out at the Cathedral when Meghan McCain says ‘America has no need to be made great again because America was always great’ is not standard,” wrote New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser. “Never heard applause at a funeral here before.”
Make no mistake: the applause ringing out at the Cathedral when Meghan McCain says 'America has no need to be made great again because America was always great' is not standard. Never heard applause at a funeral here before.
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) September 1, 2018
Though she never mentions Trump by name, McCain seemed to be aiming some of her remarks directly at the current White House during her 17-minute eulogy (which you can watch in full here). Trump was not invited, though his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner (along with several members of Trump’s administration) were in attendance. Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush were also on hand to give eulogies of their own.
“We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness,” she said, towards the beginning of her remarks. “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.”
She spoke about her father’s “fire” and how grateful she was for the outpouring of support from those who “stood in the warmth and light of his fire.”
“A few have resented that fire, for that light it cast upon them, for the truth it revealed about their character,” she continued. “But my father never cared what they thought.”
But the most pointed remarks came when McCain referenced Trump’s campaign slogan, which received wide applause from those inside the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.
“The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold. She’s resourceful, confident, secure. She meets her responsibilities. She speaks quietly because she’s strong. America does not boast because she has no need to. The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great.”
File footage of Meghan McCain addressing VP Pence and CoS Kelly: pic.twitter.com/5b8UrS5P4C
— G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) September 1, 2018
"Meghan McCain" Meghan McCain has often gotten on my very last nerve in her co-host role on The View. But anyone who didn’t feel compassion for this woman this morning is a better person than me. What a moving, amazing eulogy.
— Renee (@ReneeDeborah) September 1, 2018
I guess Donald Trump will now start attacking Meghan McCain
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) September 1, 2018
"Meghan McCain" How long will it take Trump to tweet about Meghan McCain's "Fake Eulogy"?
— pat tracy (@pattracy2) September 1, 2018
Meghan McCain, gritting back tears, shares her father’s response when she asked what he wanted her to do with this eulogy: “Show then how tough you are.“
— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) September 1, 2018
Meghan McCain did not come to play. Good for her. RIP, Senator.
— Anna Bishop Barker (@mamabear7158) September 1, 2018
Preach girl!!! pic.twitter.com/zjtTVhGIIX
— Darby Phillipps (@DarbyPhillipps) September 1, 2018