Meghan McCain At Her Father’s Funeral: ‘America Was Always Great’

The casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo John McDonnell

John McCain’s grieving daughter transformed a tribute to her demanding father into a thunderclap denunciation of his political rival, President Donald Trump.

“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great,” Meghan McCain told about 3,000 mourners at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday morning, a raw mocking of Trump’s slogan that elicited an unusual burst of applause.

It was a defining moment over four days of public events to honor the senior senator from Arizona, Vietnam War hero and 2008 Republican presidential nominee, who for three years stood as Trump’s fiercest antagonist.


“We mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing,” said Meghan McCain, 33. “Not the 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.”



She struggled at times to maintain her composure, fighting through tears.

“Dad, I love you, I always have. All that I am, all that I hope, all that I dream is grounded in what you taught me. You loved me and you showed me what love must be,” she said.

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  1. The America of McCain might have been great in his youth but it was destroyed by Obama.

    And, according to Cuomo, America was never great and never will be great.

    So, Meghan, my condolences and you’re entitled to your opinion, even if it’s wrong.

  2. Boggles me how a 33 year old woman knows what a Great America is. He was a good father.

    And if we do not address respectable worth in our culture, what is our advantage? A bomb and a penny are special. How about the faces of our citizens. Do they understand the worth of credit and wager in Trust and Faith?

    Jews have to start the process. If kosher we win. Moses raises his arms and we have futures. The full any against our faith in G-d are too many. Fix it.

  3. America was always great until the McCains, Bushes, Obama and Clintons came into the picture and destroyed it. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS, thank G-d, MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

  4. To Asher k ,let me remind you he was shot down in Vietnam and tortured ,before trump came around & not after . to #6 Your headline should change from “LONG LIVE PRESIDENT TRUMP!” To LONG LIVE THE KING ” you say long live for Kings & not for Democratic politicians
    I read matzav & I sometimes just want to tear my hair from the ridiculous things people say for example ” it was great until Obama was coronated by the media” do you realize how stupid that sounds, your entitled not to like him but your criticism should sound coherent .

    • Hey Don, did you have to study hard for your PHD in incoherent arguments or did it come naturally? There were thousands of POW’s who didn’t have an admiral granddaddy pulling strings for an admiral daddy pulling strings for little Johnny, who was called a crown prince and as such was spared torture and mistreatment by the Vietcong, unlike regular American POW’s. So tear your hair out, now that your Obama-Clinton-Bush-McCain royal families are defeated. We the people elected Trump, and wish him to be strong and healthy in order to fulfill our will. Guess the Obama-loving communist establishment media lost its ability to manipulate the electorate.

      • Thank you very much for your kind remarks, are you denying he was tortured ?
        Even after they found out his father was an admiral they gave him marginal care in the hospital and was he placed in solitary confinement for 2 years that’s

        • As far as I’m aware McCain was denied medical care when first captured, which was quickly provided once the commies found out who little Johnny’s daddy was. Compare that to thousands of American prisoners of war who were not just denied care, but were actively tortured. And they didn’t parade their POW status for their own maciavelian pursuit of power. Besides, as horrible as being captured in a war might be, it doesn’t automatically make one a military hero, no matter how sympathetic we may feel. A definition of a military hero is someone who goes all out to either overwhelm a lot of enemy or save a lot of friendly. Actually, according to this definition, McCain might have been a military hero for his role in Forrestal fire – Vietcong’s military hero that is. And yeah, I know all about McCain being exonerated – by an investigation led by his father’s cronies. Reminiscent of Hillary’s exoneration.

          • The record disagrees with you, he was tortured even after they found out his father was an admiral look it up & Yes they gave him medical Care if that’s what you want call it because as I said it was marginal, and yes if one becomes a POW that dosn’t make him a war hero but when they offered to release him and McCain refused unless every man taken in before him was also released that is heroic and your point on the Forrestal fire I don’t know how he was exonerated if he was never accused of doing anything wrong


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