John McCain’s grieving daughter transformed a tribute to her demanding father into a thunderclap denunciation of his political rival, President Donald Trump.
“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great,” Meghan McCain told about 3,000 mourners at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday morning, a raw mocking of Trump’s slogan that elicited an unusual burst of applause.
It was a defining moment over four days of public events to honor the senior senator from Arizona, Vietnam War hero and 2008 Republican presidential nominee, who for three years stood as Trump’s fiercest antagonist.
“We mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing,” said Meghan McCain, 33. “Not the 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.”
She struggled at times to maintain her composure, fighting through tears.
“Dad, I love you, I always have. All that I am, all that I hope, all that I dream is grounded in what you taught me. You loved me and you showed me what love must be,” she said.
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