Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attended John McCain's funeral but social media was not having it
The 81-year-old Arizona Senator died last week on Saturday after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer he was diagnosed with nearly a year ago.
President Donald Trump was not invited for the late Senator John McCain's funeral, which took place at the National Cathedral in Washington on Saturday. However, clips of the service showed the president's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner present during the service. Their presence during the ceremony led many on social media to question their attendance, considering McCain and Trump's controversial history.
The 81-year-old Arizona Senator died last week on Saturday after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer he was diagnosed with nearly a year ago. The announcement that he was ceasing medical treatment for his cancer was made by his family a day before his death.
The former senator and President Trump have shared a tumultuous relationship ever since the latter had insisted during his 2016 presidential campaign trail that the Republican was "not a war hero" because he was captured. Even after the senator's death, President Trump has not shared any complimentary words towards McCain in his condolences and even rejected a White House speech celebrating him as a national hero.
The questions over Ivanka and Jared's attendance was cleared by the New York Times' White House correspondent Katie Rogers, who said that the McCain's freind Senator Lindsey Graham asked Ivanka to attend the ceremony. Rogers on Saturday tweeted: "Graham said it would be a nice gesture for Ivanka & Jared to attend, but cleared it w/ Cindy McCain first."
However, despite the invitation extended to them, Twitter's was quick to point out the irony of their attendance during a ceremony where speakers like the later Senator's daughter Meghan McCain, former Presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush took digs at Donald Trump and his "cheap rhetoric."
Here's how the Twitter users reacted:
Steve Schmidt upon seeing Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner arrive at John McCain's memorial service: "Jared and Ivanka are on the side of a movement that stands for everything that John McCain was against, and opposed, and fought against for his entire life." #McCainMemorial #MSNBC pic.twitter.com/RUHCFTjlZr— モノリシック (@monolithic87) September 1, 2018
That brutal shot at Donald Trump from Meghan McCain’s eulogy - "The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America has always been great.” Loud applause 😱Ivanka and Jared did you hear that? #McCainFuneral— shynedlve (@yesitsmeShyne) September 1, 2018
shout out to the person directing the tv coverage of mccain's funeral who cut to a sombre looking ivanka and jared when lieberman spoke of mccain voting against the obamacare repeal pic.twitter.com/Bg0si7UnL3— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 1, 2018
Ivanka and Jared said nothing when a WH staffer joked about McCain’s death. They stayed silent while Trump attacked McCain repeatedly. Whether they were invited or not, Ivanka and Jared should have stayed home.— A Little Royal (@alittlebitroyal) September 1, 2018
I often say that "knowing when to leave a party" is an Art Form.— Martine St-Victor (@MartineMontreal) September 1, 2018
The same can be said about "when to not attend a party". I don't know if it was gall or insouciance but Jared and Ivanka's presence was wrong and troubling.#McCainFuneral