At the funeral ceremony for her Sen. John McCain, his daughter Meghan indirectly skewered President Donald Trump, telling those in attendance: “The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great.”
McCain‘s words were a clear reference to Trump‘s infamous 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” and the subsequent rallying cry for his base.
During her speech at Saturday‘s ceremony in Washington, D.C., McCain made use of the word “great” multiple times, both in reference to her father and to “American greatness.”
She said, :
“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 live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served. He was a great fire who burned bright. … A few have resented that fire for the light it cast upon them — for the truth it revealed about their character, but my father never cared what they thought. And even that small number still have the opportunity, as long as they draw breath, to live up to the example of John McCain. My father was a great man, he was a great warrior, he was great American.”
Though Trump was not in attendance at Saturday‘s funeral — — his daughter Ivanka and her husband, White House aide Jared Kushner, were at the ceremony, per the .
The president and the late senator had a , and the White House drew ire on Monday when it in honor of on August 25.
As footage of McCain‘s speech made the rounds on Twitter, people praised the senator‘s daughter for using her platform to criticize Trump: