After Meghan McCain’s moving, powerful, and at times angry eulogy for her father, all that was left in the world of politics was for the man she made a very thinly-veiled jab at in the speech to respond. The memorial service, after all, was practically the guest list for America’s biggest gathering of important political figures in generations — with one guest very conspicuously absent, because he was not invited.
Donald Trump was more than “at odds” with John McCain. He was McCain’s polar opposite. Whether you agreed with the Arizona Senator’s politics or not, they were exactly that: Politics. His responses to literally every situation were measured, considering the benefits and repercussions of every yes vote, the heartbreak or elation of every no vote, and the passion of the other politicians he worked with — his penchant for big, bipartisan measures was unmatched in the post-Reagan era.
During Meghan’s speech, she took aim at the phrase that most exemplifies the hasty, self-serving nature of the current President, and she did it with a setup that could not be questioned. After describing “the America of John McCain” in the starkest terms available and appropriate for the occasion, she told the gathered crowd — which included Trump’s daughter and her husband — that her own father had no use for the phrase:
The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold. She is resourceful, confident, and 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.”
True to form, the response from Donald Trump, away golfing once again at one of his properties in Virginia, was indeed exactly as Meghan McCain and the world thought it might be. It took him only a few hours to get over the fact that almost every speaker at the funeral at least wisted for the days of civility in their own eulogies for the fallen soldier, and he put down his clubs long enough to tweet:
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2018
We’re about to, Mr. President. It starts in November.
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