Sarah Palin has never been anything but loyal and gracious to John McCain, but in one final insult from beyond the grave, the petty Arizona Senator disinvited her from his funeral.
Palin, one-time Alaska governor and McCain’s 2000 vice presidential running mate, was conspicuous by her absence at the August 29 funeral in Arizona for McCain. Indeed, according to both People magazine and Breitbart News, Palin was excluded from the invitation list.
People even reported that the disinvite was done at McCain’s behest.
It appears that the two people pointedly not invited to the funeral were Palin and President Donald Trump.
Perhaps it isn’t surprising that McCain did not invite Trump due to their very open and loud feud. But.. Palin?
Breitbart News reports:
But unlike Trump, Palin never feuded with McCain and never criticized him.
When news broke on Saturday of McCain’s passing, Palin said: “Today we lost an American original. Sen. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs. John never took the easy path in life — and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than self.
“John McCain was my friend. I will remember the good times. My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family.”
Last year, when McCain was reported to have said that he regretted choosing Palin instead of Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-VT), Palin described the news as a “gut punch” but refused to blame McCain personally, telling the UK Daily Mail that she blamed his “ghostwriters” for such reports.
When McCain selected Palin as his running mate, the two had both built reputations as corruption-busting “maverick” leaders who were not afraid to buck their own parties.
After the 2008 election, they moved in separate political directions.
Palin became an inspirational figure for the Tea Party and for grassroots conservatives in general. McCain campaigned as a conservative border hawk in his 2010 re-election race, but became a harsh critic of the Tea Party, calling Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) “wacko birds.”
So, once again we see that it is John McCain acting as a bitter, petty, little man prone to feuds and outbursts of hate. Even against someone who never attacked him.
John McCain will not be missed by anyone but liberals and the liberal media. He leaves life as he lived it: As a mean-spirited, selfish man.
Finally, even with this slap in the face, Palin is reacting in the classiest manner possible.
A source close to the Palin family released this statement: “[O]ut of respect for Sen. McCain and his family we have nothing to add at this point. The Palin family will always cherish their friendship with the McCains and hold those memories dear.”
Still won’t dump on him. Even after being dissed. That is class.
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