ShareThis Page
Sarah Palin says it was a ‘gut punch’ to be disinvited from John McCain’s funeral | TribLIVE.com
Politics/Election

Sarah Palin says it was a ‘gut punch’ to be disinvited from John McCain’s funeral

The Washington Post
972626_web1_SarahPalin
Getty Images
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin from an event Sept. 3, 2011.
972626_web1_gtr-mccaingallery05-082818
AP
FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2008, file photo, Republican presidential candidate John McCain, center, joins vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, left, and her family following her speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Aide says senator, war hero and GOP presidential candidate McCain died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. He was 81.
972626_web1_gtr-mccaingallery35-082818
AP
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, is joined by Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, during a rally with supporters on election night in Phoenix, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.

Sarah Palin, the late Sen. John McCain’s former running mate in the 2008 presidential campaign, said in a recent interview that being left out of the maverick’s funeral was “kind of a gut punch.” And it’s not the first time she’s used those words to describe her complicated relationship with McCain, who died of brain cancer in August.

“I was kind of surprised to be publicly disinvited to the funeral,” Palin told “Good Morning Britain’s” Piers Morgan on Monday. “I think that was an unnecessary step. They didn’t have to embarrass me.”

NBC News and People magazine reported in August that Palin and President Donald Trump, whom she wholeheartedly endorsed during the 2016 presidential campaign, would not be on the guest list for the former senator’s funeral at Washington National Cathedral.

In his final book, “The Restless Wave,” McCain expressed regret for tapping Palin as his No. 2 instead of creating a unity ticket with his friend, then-Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn. But he never badmouthed Palin, calling her “a skilled amateur performer asked to appear on Broadway twice a day.”

At the time, Palin said reports that McCain regretted their partnership were “a perpetual gut punch.”

During her interview with Morgan, Palin said she was the scapegoat of a poorly run campaign looking for someone to blame. The former Alaskan governor added that the Republican Party allowed the media to “clobber” her during the 2008 campaign.

“There’s still a lot of snakes in the Republican Party and in politics in general,” Palin said. “They’re not going to have your back, they’re not going to be loyal to you. They use you and abuse you and then kick you to side after they get out of you what they needed.”

But she had nothing negative to say about McCain himself. In fact, she suggested that critics of the late politician – which could most certainly include Trump – should “chill,” “zip it” and “shut up.”

Categories: News | Politics Election
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.