John McCain's two close friends, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman, defended Meghan McCain after The View co-host targeted President Donald Trump at the late senator’s funeral on Saturday, September 1.
U.S. Senator Graham spoke about the fiery speech of the columnist, 33, at the memorial service held in Washington D.C. while appearing on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, September 2.
The South Carolina Republican said,
She’s a beautiful talented young lady; she is her father’s daughter. If you say something about her dad you will know it, whether you’re the janitor or the president of the United States. She is grieving for the father she adored and I think most Americans understand that and I am just so proud of the young lady she has become. So I’m totally OK with everything.
Former Connecticut Senator Joe, meanwhile, said during the interview that the late Navy aviator, who died on August 25 after a long battle with brain cancer, would have been proud of his daughter’s “direct” manner of paying respect.
He told Dana Bash,
Yesterday, I was a very proud uncle. Meghan is a daughter who had a very special, close relationship with her father, John McCain. So, he’s gone, he’s died, she’s grieving, and yet by the nature of his life, she’s called on to make a very public, global statement and appearance. Very hard. But she did it and she did it magnificently. She did it the way her dad would want her to do it, she was direct, the way John was.
As previously reported, Meghan slammed the former 'The Apprentice' host, 72, at the National Cathedral, taking aim at his campaign slogan when she said, “The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great.”
Meghan also took aim at Trump's multiple draft deferments that excused him from serving in Vietnam, where her father was arrested and tortured as a prisoner of war, getting badly injured that left him with physical disabilities for lifelong.
We gather to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice, those that live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.
Trump and John had a long-running feud, stating in 2015 that the Arizona senator wasn’t a war hero because “I like people that weren’t captured.”
Trump was not invited to John's funeral on Saturday; it was attended by former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Trump instead spend the day golfing and tweeting about the Russian collusion investigation and NAFTA.
John was laid to rest on Sunday on a green hill at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; he was buried next to the grave of his longtime friend Charles “Chuck” Larson, who passed away in 2014.