As neocons from both parties are paying tribute to Senator John McCain, preparations for his funeral are underway and even though Obama and Bush have been invited, President Donald Trump was not.
McCain had been criticizing Trump since 2015 and specified months ago that he did not want the Trump to attend his funeral.
McCain, who had been diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of brain cancer last year, died on Saturday at the age of 81.
According to a report by the New York Times, vice president Mike Pence was invited to the services but not Trump.
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McCain had requested that George W Bush and Barack Obama deliver the eulogies at his funeral.
Two family members reiterated to CNN on Saturday that Trump won’t be present at the service.
Trump has not commented on McCain’s wishes that he stay away from the funeral, but did offer a short message on the senator’s passing.
“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain,” he wrote. “Our hearts and prayers are with you!”
McCain began to attack Trump in June 2015 when Trump announced he was running for president and called Mexican immigrants ‘rapists’ and drug runners during a speech.
McCain distanced himself from Trump saying in an interview that he disagreed with Trump’s comment. Trump fired back by calling McCain “incompetent.”
Another issue that enraged McCain is that in 2016 Trump criticized neocons and their eternal wars. No presidential candidate attacked so much neocons as Trump did, and McCain was a prominent neocon.
In a 2016 tweet Trump slammed the senator as “foul mouthed” and in a 2017 post he lashed out at McCain for supporting ObamaCare.
Trump mocked McCain’s record as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War saying that McCain was only labeled a hero “because he was captured.”
For his part, McCain publicly criticized Trump on numerous occasions. In a July statement, McCain lashed out at Trump for his meeting in Helsinki with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
McCain said of Trump’s comments: “No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.”
McCain again bashed Trump in March when Trump congratulated Putin on re-election.
“An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections,” McCain said.
McCain, who was the defeated Republican presidential candidate in 2008, was not so critical of Obama, the victorious contender, as he was of Trump.
The senator also wrote about his long-standing feud with Trump in his memoir The Restless Wave saying that Trump’s behavior was disturbing.
“His lack of empathy for refugees, innocent, persecuted, desperate men, women, and children, is disturbing,” the book read. “The way he speaks about them is appalling, as if welfare or terrorism were the only purposes they could have in coming to our country.”
“His reaction to unflattering news stories, calling them ‘fake news,’ whether they’re credible or not, is copied by autocrats who want to discredit and control a free press,” McCain wrote. “He has declined to distinguish the actions of our government from the crimes of despotic ones. He has showered with praise some of the world’s worst tyrants.”
McCain, who was a fierce enemy of Russia, had close ties to the military industrial complex.
He has reportedly received over $100,000 from billionaire liberal activist-funder George Soros, who, by the way, has campaigned also against Russia.
With Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, McCain was a vocal supporter of the Ukrainian revolution, and of the U.S. providing arms to Ukraine against Russia, saying the Obama sanctions imposed against Russia were not enough. McCain was also instrumental for the U.S., under Obama and now under Trump, providing arms to Islamic rebels in Syria and imposing sanctions on the Syrian government.
McCain opposed Trump’s decision to restrict homosexuals in the Army.
Wars supported by McCain in the Middle East provoked the slaughter of defenseless Christian communities. In spite of the fact that he never cared about such Christians suffering persecution and death, some U.S. Christians are honoring McCain’s death. All I could say, in a tweet, was:
Neocon John McCain celebrated wars while their Christian victims perished. That some U.S. Christians are honoring the death of this warmonger shows their cold hearts for the Christian victims of his despicable warmongering.
I understood their un-Christian honor of a neocon only after read Chuck Baldwin’s words: Christians’ Love of the Warfare State Is Killing Other Christians.
With information from the DailyMail.
Portuguese version of this article: Assim morre um neocon: Obama e Bush, não Trump, convidados para o funeral de John McCain
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