Call it a cheap shot from the grave, if you will. On Wednesday, The Hill reported that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not invited to attend funeral services for the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., despite the fact that she was his running mate in his 2008 presidential campaign against Barack Obama.
NBC's @KellyO reports: Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has not been invited to attend memorial services for John McCain
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) August 29, 2018
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Palin, on the other hand, has had nothing but kind words for the senator.
“Out of respect to Senator McCain and his family we have nothing to add at this point. The Palin family will always cherish their friendship with the McCains and hold those memories dear,” a Palin family source reportedly said.
Palin family source says, “Out of respect to Senator McCain and his family we have nothing to add at this point. The Palin family will always cherish their friendship with the McCains and hold those memories dear.”
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) August 29, 2018
In a tweet, Palin called McCain “a maverick and a fighter,” the Hill report further said.
“Today we lost an American original,” Palin said. “Sen. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs. John never took the easy path in life — and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than self.”
The Hill report added:
A private ceremony for McCain was held Wednesday inside the Arizona Capitol rotunda. He will lie in state in Arizona for two days before being transported to the U.S. Capitol to lie in state there on Friday. McCain will have a funeral service in his home state on Thursday, where former Vice President Joe Biden will speak.
On Saturday, Obama and and former President George W. Bush will eulogize McCain during a service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
McCain will be buried in private at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday.
The 81-year-old McCain died Saturday after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He spent his last two years denigrating Trump and doing his best to frustrate the president’s agenda and even voted against a repeal of Obamacare, flip-flopping on his campaign promises.
McCain has also said he does not want Trump at his funeral and expressed regrets for selecting Palin as his running mate.
Palin responded, saying McCain’s statement hit her like a “perpetual gut-punch.”
Palin Says McCain's VP Regret Admission Hit Her "Like A Perpetual Gut-Punch" ⋆ You would think the family wouldn't let this stuff leak or get out
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Taking the high road as she usually does, Palin attributed his comments to McCain’s “ghostwriters.”
Palin went on to suggest that his words are so different from what he has personally said to her, that they might actually be the words of a ghostwriter, not McCain himself.
“I attribute a lot of what we’re hearing and reading regarding McCain’s statements to his ghostwriter or ghostwriters,” she told the Daily Mail. “I don’t know all the details of his condition right now. It happens to me also where people speak for me and a bell is rung, and you can’t un-ring the bell.”
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