Meghan McCain Posts Special Tribute to Dad
Daughter of the late Republican Senator John McCain posted a “farewell statement” to her father online Monday.
Meghan McCain, 33, posted a touching tribute to her father on her Twitter account, stating that, “He loved me, and I loved him. He taught me how to live. His love and his care, ever present, always unfailing, took me from a girl to a woman—and he showed me what it is to be a man.”
The co-host of ABC’s The View went on to say, “He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth for so very long. We know that his flame lives on, in each of us.”
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 26, 2018
On Saturday, after McCain passed away, the flags at the White House were flown at half-mast. By Monday morning, the flags were promptly raised back up to full-mast, sparking outrage. In lieu of the criticism, the Trump Administration issued a statement later that day that said the flags at the White House were lowered once again to half-mast. In his statement, President Trump wrote, “Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-mast until the day of his internment.”
Megan McCain has had a contentious history with Trump due to comments he has made in the past about her father, John McCain. She has publicly stated her displeasure with him on several occasions. When she accepted the Lyndon B. Johnson award in July on behalf of her father, who had been diagnosed with brain cancer the previous year, she stated, “[Trump’s] comments are never going to be okay with me, especially at this moment in my life. I’m never going to forgive it. I’m never going to move on from it.”
This is not the first time that Megan has expressed her anger towards Trump and his administration. Earlier this year, a White House aide named Kelly Sadler reportedly said that McCain’s opinion on Trump’s choice for CIA Director wouldn’t matter because “he’s dying anyway.” The former Vice President Joe Biden responded to the event, stating, “People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration. It happened yesterday… [McCain] deserves better—so much better.”
Megan McCain also responded to Sadler by speaking out on The View, stating, “Kelly… it is not how you die. It is how you live.”
John McCain served in the military from 1958 to 1981 and was captured as a POW while on duty in Vietnam. He has been awarded multiple military awards and declarations, including the Bronze Star, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Liberty Medal and the Purple Heart, amongst many others. He has been active in American politics since 1977 and has served in Congress since 1983. He has also been a candidate in two presidential campaigns. He is survived by his wife, Cindy, and their seven children: Douglas, Andrew, Sidney, Meghan, John, James, and Bridget.