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Meghan McCain Blasts Trump's 'Cheap Rhetoric' at Father's Funeral

Meghan McCain

The daughter of John McCain, in her eulogy of him, delivered a forceful reproach of the president.

"The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great," said Meghan McCain Saturday at the funeral of her father, the late Sen. John McCain.

The mourners at the Washington National Cathedral burst into applause. Meghan McCain's line was a direct reference to and rebuke of the campaign slogan of President Donald Trump, "Make America Great Again."

Before his death from brain cancer last week, Sen. McCain had made clear to Trump that he would not be invited to his funeral. The late Republican has been one of the most vocal critics of the president in his party.

The sting of exclusion from McCain's memorial, however, was no match for the more forceful words of his daughter.

Delivering her father's eulogy, Meghan McCain slammed the "cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly," as well as the "opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and serve."

Trump had once derided Sen. McCain's service during the Vietnam War, in which McCain was captured and held as a prisoner of war. "He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured," said Trump, who had never served in the military, in 2015.

On Saturday, Meghan McCain defended the legacy her father and his military service. "My father was a great man. He was a great warrior. He was a great American. I admired him for all of these things, but I love him because he was a great father," she said, reports The New York Times.

Watch her eulogy below.

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