Kirsters Baish| The President of the United States is a title that should garner respect, but for some reason critics of President Donald Trump refuse to show him any. You would think that they would at least put their hatred for President Trump on the back burner during memorial and funeral services for the late Arizona Senator John McCain, but instead they used it as a platform to bash Trump. John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain, former President Barack Obama, and former President George W. Bush all slammed Trump during their speeches, even though he was not in attendance.
Similar sentiments were made at the recent funeral of legendary singer Aretha Franklin.
“MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” President Trump tweeted around 7 p.m. ET on Saturday.
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2018
Earlier in the day on Saturday, Meghan McCain seemed to point at President Trump’s slogan while presenting a eulogy at her father’s funeral. She stated, “The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great.”
The audience was chalked full of familiar faces, all of Washington’s elites. The Arizona Republic reported that the audience erupted in applause after McCain made the comment.
— azcentral (@azcentral) September 2, 2018
John McCain was a vocal critic of President Trump. Before his death, he requested that the President not receive an invitation to his funeral services. There were a couple members of the Trump family in attendance, however. The President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner were at McCain’s funeral.
Fox News writes that the feud between Trump and McCain can seemingly be traced back to a comment that Trump made in July of 2015 while speaking at an event being held in Ames, Iowa.
“He’s not a war hero,” Trump claimed of John McCain. McCain was a Navy veteran who was held captive as a prisoner of war for over five years in Vietnam. Trump went on, “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
Those mourning McCain attended services in Washington, D.C., while President Trump played golf at the Trump National Golf Club in Loudoun County, Virginia, as he was not invited to the services.
This past Friday, Stevie Wonder also referenced President Trump’s 2016 presidential slogan during a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin. The legendary singer lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on August 16th. She was 76 years old.
“What needs to happen today, not only in this nation but throughout the world, is that we need to make love great again,” Wonder stated, as reported by the Hill.
Wonder isn’t the only speaker in Detroit who has slammed Trump, either indirectly or pointedly. Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Reverend Al Sharpton have all taken shots at Trump.
An adviser to the Trump campaign, Katrina Pierson, has defended the President’s tweet after a weekend full of insults.
“(Donald Trump) ran for @POTUS ONE time and WON! Some people will never recover from that. #SorryNotSorry Yes, #MAGA,” Pierson tweeted.