CNN’s Jake Tapper is weighing in on a New York Times report that Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump CIA nominee offered to withdraw: report Dems push to restore net neutrality rules GOP faces internal battle over changing Senate rules MORE (R-Ariz.) doesn’t want President TrumpDonald John TrumpBaldwin spotlights mother’s drug addiction, efforts to combat opioid abuse in ad Giuliani says he’s ‘focused on the law more than the facts right now’ Cambridge Analytica ordered to hand over data on US voter MORE at his funeral, calling it a “real moment for the country.”
“This is a real moment for the country where an American hero, somebody who is beloved in many, many ways is saying, ‘I don’t want this guy at my funeral,’” Tapper said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
The Times reported Saturday that McCain’s inner circle has communicated to the White House that the senator would like Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence on Michelle Wolf jokes: ‘I count it all joy when I endure trials or criticisms’ On World Press Freedom Day, elected officials must commit to keeping press freedom nonpartisan Will the Supreme Court end up deadlocked if Kennedy retires? MORE to attend his eventual funeral at the Washington National Cathedral, but not Trump.
Rep. Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksBlack lawmakers press companies on diversity during Silicon Valley trip Dems slam FCC head for proposed limits to low-income internet program Dem lawmaker says Trump is trying to be Putin MORE (D-N.Y.) said during a panel discussion on Tapper’s CNN show that McCain is “known for being honest, just the opposite of Donald Trump.”
“I wouldn’t expect anything to be different for Mr. McCain, Sen. McCain now. He is not going to be a hypocrite. He does not believe that Donald Trump represents the kind of moral authority the president of the United States should represent for our country,” Meeks said.
And conservative commentator and HLN host S.E. Cupp, who is close friends with McCain’s daughter, Meghan, added that McCain is “not a sellout.”
“I think having President Trump, just because he’s the president, just speak on his behalf or eulogize him or memorialize him is selling out,” Cupp said.
“And Sen. McCain — I say this not just as his daughter’s best friend but as a Republican who supported him — Sen. McCain is everything that President Trump is not,” Cupp continued. “In every way that you discussed, in every way you imagine.”
McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer last year and is undergoing treatment.