Former President George W. Bush was among those invited to attend and speak at Saturday’s memorial service for late Sen. John McCain.
His words, while well spoken, seemed to some to also be yet another political jab at a sitting president — something he said during former President Barack Obama’s tenure was inappropriate and “bad for the country.”
While some members of the public cheered his words as justified, not all agreed with that sentiment.
One woman, an Iraq War veteran, took particular exception to Bush’s participation in the cavalcade of the politicization of a funeral:
During Bush’s eulogy for McCain, he made several pointed references, according to a CBS News transcript.
At one point, Bush spoke about McCain’s confrontational nature: “At various points throughout his long career, John confronted policies and practices that he believed were unworthy of his country.”
“To the face of those in authority, John McCain would insist: We are better than this. America is better than this.”
Mediaite noted several excerpts that read like subtle digs at Trump. “Bush — who defeated McCain in the 2000 Republican presidential primary — said that the Arizona senator ‘detested the abuse of power and could not abide bigots and swaggering despots.'”
“He respected the dignity inherent in every life, a dignity that does not stop at borders and cannot be erased by dictators.”
Some on social media denied any kind of bashing of Trump took place. Some emphasized political harmony, and the establishment media was quick to point out an exchange between Bush and former first lady Michelle Obama.
It involved Bush passing a piece of candy from his wife, Former First Lady Laura Bush, to Obama. It was cheered as a tender moment between former political rivals.
George W Bush passes Michelle Obama a sweet during the funeral of John McCain.
The Obama and Bush families have had a friendly bond for the last decade in the public eye. pic.twitter.com/QjuWxo4YwL
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) September 2, 2018
Arizona’s Sen. Jeff Flake also joined in on celebrating unity across party lines. He summed it up with a photo and two-word statement on Twitter:
Decency Wins pic.twitter.com/7DkX1vNG4i
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) September 1, 2018
But for all the seeming embrace of unity across political lines by the establishment media and others, that was not all that they were talking about. A common — and contradictory — refrain through establishment media’s reporting was also that President Donald Trump was being bashed by one speaker after another at the funeral.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews even referred to McCain’s funeral as “a statement of resistance.” He was joined on “AM Joy” by a 2008 senior campaign adviser for McCain, Steve Schmidt, who went further, stating, “there was an inherent political meaning in this funeral.”
“And it was a fundamental rebuke to the vileness, the corruption the self-centeredness, the selfishness, the cruelty that we see emanate from the Oval Office in the form of President Donald J. Trump every day,” he claimed.
For all the decrying of Trump that comes from some, something that continually gets missed is how he got to the Oval Office. Voters made it clear all during his campaign — and since — that they were sick of the status quo.
If the elites don’t like this sentiment, they only have themselves to blame for it.
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