Ever since the late Sen. John McCain’s funeral in September 2018, his daughter, Meghan, has been outspoken in her complaints that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner “crashed” the services, uninvited.
The controversial former co-host of “The View” repeats those complaints in her new memoir, “Bad Republican,” saying that Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law were “funeral crashers” who attended the service even though it was well known that the McCain family didn’t want any Trumps there.
According to a new report in the Washington Post’s Early column, McCain’s memory may be selective when it comes to the ongoing feud between two of the GOP’s most prominent families, or she may somehow still be unaware of claims that Trump’s White House senior advisers were cleared to attend the Washington National Cathedral services.
A source close to “Javanka,” as the controversial couple are known, muddied teh waters even more by suggesting to the Washington Post that McCain and her husband, Ben Domenech, had “pestered” them with dinner invitations after the funeral, despite the controversy, the Post added.
“Jared and Ivanka had about as much interest in attending the funeral as they did the half dozen or so dinner invitations that Ben and Meghan pestered them with after the funeral,” the source close to Kushner and Ivanka Trump said of McCain and her husband, the publisher of conservative website, The Federalist.
The feud between the McCains and the Trump family predates the Arizona senator’s death on Aug. 25, 2018 from a brain tumor. The “maverick” Arizona Republican senator and his family had opposed Trump’s presidency.
They despaired of his leadership style and were aghast, like many Americans, over the way candidate Trump disparaged McCain’s service and six years of captivity during the Vietnam War. Trump, who never served in the military, infamously said that Navy pilot McCain “was not a war hero” because he was captured.
During an interview with Stephen Colbert, five months after her father’s funeral, McCain said: “I thought that my family made it clear — or at least I had — that the Trumps were unwelcomed around me and my father. (I) had sort of been very clear about the line between the McCains and the Trumps.”
When Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner arrived at the cathedral, news commentators and people on social expressed disbelief and anger that they dared show up. It struck many that Ivanka Trump was especially eager to be included in a gathering of America’s political elite. Former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama delivered eulogies.
Tone deaf and disrespectful as usual.
The lack of class in this family is stunning
— christine kling (@christineckling) September 1, 2018
In her new book, McCain recalled her her horror at seeing the couple in the cathedral.
“I saw Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner sitting towards the back,” McCain writes. “As far as I knew, they had not been invited but they showed up anyway. Funeral crashers. It never even crossed my mind that they would come. Why would you go to something like that? It seemed audacious even for them. When I saw them I thought, ‘I hope this is the most uncomfortable moment of your entire life.'”
During her passionate eulogy of her father, McCain also seemed to push back at Trump and his family with her comments about “cheap rhetoric.”
“We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly,” McCain had said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close friend of Sen. McCain who nonetheless became a loyal Trump supporter, told the Washington Post’s Early column that “their presence was approved.”
“She was upset they were there — I understand that, and she has hard feelings but I know what happened and nobody showed up uninvited,” Graham said. “I love Meghan McCain and I understand how stressful all this has been for her and those who attack her dad will never be forgiven by her.”h2 data-curated-ids="5862322,8380894,8178980,8210010,5938516" data-relation-type="curated"">
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The New York Times reported at the time of the funeral that Graham “had cleared” the couple’s invitation with Cindy McCain, the senator’s window. The Washington Post also said it reviewed an email that showed that funeral organizers were aware Ivanka Trump and Kushner would be attending the funeral. Organizers needed to be in touch with the Secret Service to provide logistical guidance for their arrival.
McCain “stands by the accuracy of her memoir,” a spokesperson told the Washington Post. “Meghan was unaware of any invitation to a member of the Trump family to her father’s funeral.”
McCain also doubled down on her claims that “Javanka” were funeral crashers during an interview last with Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen.
“They should never have come, they had no business being there, I remember seeing them and seeing her specifically,” McCain said. “They had no g—–n business being there and it’s something that still angers me, clearly.”
Source : https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/10/27/despite-funeral-feud-meghan-mccain-pestered-ivanka-trump-with-dinner-invitations-report1163