Graham: Meghan McCain 'her father's daughter'

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and former Sen. Joe Lieberman say Meghan McCain's pointed criticism of President Donald Trump in her speech at her father's funeral reflected the character of Sen. John McCain.

Posted: Sep 4, 2018 12:04 AM
Updated: Sep 4, 2018 12:04 AM

Two former friends of Sen. John McCain say his daughter Meghan McCain's pointed criticism of President Donald Trump in her speech at the Arizona Republican's memorial service on Saturday reflected the character of her late father.

"She is her father's daughter," South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "If you say something bad about her dad, you will know it, whether you're the janitor or the President of the United States. She is grieving for the father she adored. I think most Americans understand that."

Former independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, who joined the program with Graham, said he was a "proud uncle" watching McCain's speech at the memorial service.

"She was direct ... the way John was," Lieberman said.

In her remarks on Saturday, McCain contrasted her father's legacy with Trump's rhetoric, saying, "The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great."

The comment received applause at the service and highlighted the gap between McCain and Trump, who was not at McCain's funeral.

Graham and Lieberman were two of McCain's top allies in the Senate, and their praise for his daughter came after she posted a photo of herself with them online reflecting that bond, calling the two senators her "uncles forever."

During Sunday's interview, the pair looked back fondly on their memories of McCain and their travels together.

"His own attitude, the way he faced death with characteristic fearlessness and perspective, really comforted me," Lieberman said. "But you know, we're going to miss him. He's irreplaceable."

Graham, who offered a tribute to McCain on the Senate floor, predicted part of McCain's legacy would be as a cornerstone of Senate history.

"John loved the Senate," Graham said. "He was a man of the Senate. He loved the institution. When you write the history of the Senate, he's going to be in the first chapter."

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