(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – Former President Donald Trump blasted the funeral of late Republican US Senator John McCain in a new book, underscoring the long-standing animosity between the two GOP politicians.
The 45th US president’s unyielding criticism of the late Arizona senator appears in his book “Letters to Trump” which sells for $95.
The book contains Trump’s latest commentary about John McCain, a Vietnam War hero, referring to the latter’s state funeral in 2018.
McCain served as a US Senator for 31 years before dying of brain cancer at 81.
“I never warmed to him, never felt good about anybody having anything to do with John McCain and never will, even despite the fact that at their request, I gave him the world’s longest funeral, 11 days,” Trump writes, as cited by The New York Post.
“Much like his wars, it never ended,” the former president adds.
The Post points out, however, that “McCain’s memorial events spanned five days, not 11.”
It notes that the late US senator’s body lay in state at the Arizona Capitol Building for a day before a memorial service in Phoenix.
After that, it was transported to the nation’s capital, where it lay in state at the US Capitol for one day ahead of a Washington National Cathedral memorial, followed by a burial at the United States Naval Academy Cemetery over the next two days.
Trump was not invited to the funeral of John McCain, who in 2008 lost the presidential election to Barack Obama.
Instead, the organizers of McCain’s funeral asked former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush to eulogize the late senator.
The report points out that during his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump “disparaged” the five and a half years that McCain spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
Trump’s new book also mentions the late senator’s daughter Meghan McCain, a contributor to ABC’s The View. Trump has previously referred to her as a “lowlife” and “bully.”
“At the request of many of [Meghan’s] representatives, I made it possible for her father to have the world’s longest funeral, designed and orchestrated by him, even though I was never, to put it mildly, a fan,” the former president wrote.
“In his own very special way, he was a RINO’s RINO,” Trump added, using the acronym meaning “Republican In Name Only.”
The public conflict between Trump and McCain began in 2015 when the latter called the former’s national security statements “uninformed and indeed dangerous.”
Trump reacted by saying that McCain was “not a war hero” and that he favored “people who weren’t captured” as POWs.
As a US Navy pilot in the Vietnam War, John McCain was shot down over the Vietnamese capital Hanoi in 1967. He was tortured by the Vietnam Communists but refused to get released before the other American POWs.
He was freed in 1973 but remained with disabled shoulders, which he could not lift above his shoulders.
— New York Post (@nypost) April 26, 2023