President Donald Trump may not have been invited to Sen. John McCain‘s service at the Washington National Cathedral, but his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, arrived Saturday to view the service.
The duo mingled with the crowd, which included political figures from both sides of the aisle. The president, who has often criticized and clashed with McCain, was not in attendance.
McCain was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War and spent more than five years as a POW in Hanoi.
“He’s not a war hero,” Donald Trump said in July 2015. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
The couple did not sit at the front of the cathedral, but were visible on the live stream of the service, as the denizens of Twitter were quick to note.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are at Washington National Cathedral. Sen. Lindsey Graham patted Kushner on the shoulder.
— Dan Nowicki (@dannowicki) September 1, 2018
Many people felt their attendance was disrespectful, as McCain had instructed that the president was not to be invited.
I wonder how @IvankaTrump feels sitting in that cathedral knowing no one wants her dad there and they are throwing jabs at him the entire time. Anyone with a drop of self-awareness would have stayed home.
— Ryan Graney (@RyanEGraney) September 1, 2018
Ivanka trump and Jared Kushner are both at the National Cathedral for John McCain’s funeral. How disrespectful and disgusting. The Devil is always somewhere.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) September 1, 2018
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are at Senator McCain’s funeral as if it’s a social event. Those two are some sick and twisted individuals who live in La La Land with @realDonaldTrump. They are absolutely disgusting. And they shouldn’t be there. It’s gross, pathetic and sad.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) September 1, 2018
People also noted that the senator’s daughter Meghan McCain took a strong jab at the president while his daughter was in attendance.
"The America of John McCain has no need to be made 'great again' because she was always great" @MeghanMcCain. The cathedral breaks out in applause. Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner & John Kelly in pews.
— Noga Tarnopolsky (@NTarnopolsky) September 1, 2018
.@IvankaTrump 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, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege–#MeghanMcCain pic.twitter.com/87s0PxzhO9
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) September 1, 2018
Meghan pulls no punches as she eulogizes the late, great John McCain. @IvankaTrump must feel very small sitting there, hearing about Meghan's special relationship with her father, a man so much greater, nobler, and heroic than her own…#McCainFuneral #SaturdayMorning
— Inanna Warrior Goddess (@Inana139) September 1, 2018
— Kimberley Johnson (@AuthorKimberley) September 1, 2018
Some wondered what Ivanka Trump would say at her father’s funeral.
Not a single thing said by Meghan about John McCain, the father, could be repeated by Ivanka or Tiffany. Ivanka will describe how happy Trump was when she did lap dances for him & Tiffany say that she hardly knew him. The boys, Dumb & Dumber, will be hawking MAGA gear at funeral.
— keith hall (@kfhall0852) September 1, 2018
Thinking about all she said and how true it all is; and thinking about what Ivanka Trump could say about her father at such a time.
— Lance (@Lancegoodyr) September 1, 2018
Most people seemed to have believed that the couple should have sat this one out, using the hashtag #funeralcrashers to express their disdain.
…so how did odious Ivanka & Jared manage to slink in? #FuneralCrashers
— Scout 🇺🇸 (@hwy333) September 1, 2018
@IvankaTrump Why would you ruin John McCain's funeral by showing up uninvited? Your whole family is a disgrace and treated John horribly. Your family is the outcast for a reason. You have no shame. #funeralcrashers https://t.co/upmN1p6nsy
— AnnMS (@amps513) September 1, 2018
Wow this is a new low for the Trump family. Since Trump wasn't invited (but Pence was) he had to send @IvankaTrump to crash John McCain's memorial service. #McCainMemorial #McCainFuneral #funeralcrashers
— ChrisRodrig (@crodriguez2638) September 1, 2018
Kushner and Ivanka Trump should not be at #JohnMcCainFuneral
— Robert Katula (@undethebltarp) September 1, 2018
Former presidents Barack Obama, a Democrat, and George W. Bush, a Republican, spoke about the six-term senator, at his request. It is the last event in Washington, where McCain lived and worked for over 40 years, and part of McCain’s five-day, cross-country funeral procession. He died Aug. 25 at age 81.
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