The View co-host broke into tears while giving an emotional eulogy at late Arizona Sen. John McCain's memorial service at Washington National Cathedral in D.C., on Saturday. In a stirring speech, Meghan marveled at how "tough" her father was, and appeared to take a swipe at President Donald Trump.
“We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness -- the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served," she said.
"The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold. She is resourceful and confident and secure. She meets her responsibilities. She speaks quietly because she is strong. America does not boast because she has no need," Meghan continued. "The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great.”
Meghan McCain says her dad represents "American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served" pic.twitter.com/LDcRk3vfQj
Applause followed from the crowd, which included three former presidents, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Bush and Obama also spoke at the ceremony. President Trump, whom McCain notably sparred with on several occasions in Washington, was not in attendance, but his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, were.
"John McCain was not defined by prison, by the Navy, by the Senate, by the Republican Party, or by any single one of the deeds in his absolutely extraordinary life," Meghan remembered. "John McCain was defined by love."
"The best of John McCain, the greatest of his titles and the most important of his roles, was father," she said, before concluding her speech: "I love you, Dad."
"An old man shook off the scars of battle one last time and arose a new man to pilot one last flight, up and up and up." Meghan McCain ends her emotional eulogy by describing her father's final moments pic.twitter.com/J4xPGGx5Sl
Meghan's emotional tribute was followed by a reading of the poem ,"The Requiem," by one of her brothers, Jimmy McCain. McCain's casket traveled to the cathedral early Saturday morning after stopping at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where his wife, Cindy, laid a wreath.
Pallbearers included former Vice President Joe Biden (who broke down in tears at McCain's funeral on Thursday), actor Warren Beatty and former mayor Michael Bloomberg.