The country is mourning a true hero, and he is getting the kind of honor he so richly deserves. Sen. John McCain will lie in state Friday in Washington D.C. He is just the 31st person to receive such an honor.
On Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden gave an emotional tribute to the six-term Republican from Arizona.
“I’m a Democrat. And I loved John McCain,” said Biden, who lost his son Beau to brain cancer. John McCain, 81, died from the same disease on Saturday.
“I always thought of John as a brother,” Biden added. “We had a hell of a lot of family fights. We go back a long way.”
McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol rotunda. There will be a ceremony and then a public visitation. There will be a procession for the senator on Saturday and it will pause as it passes the Vietnam Memorial on the way to a formal service at Washington National Cathedral. Barack Obama and George W. Bush, at McCain’s request, will speak there at a service.
Donald Trump has been asked to stay away from all proceedings, sources close to the White House and close to McCain’s family told the Associated Press. The president mocked McCain’s military service. Trump referenced McCain experience as a prisoner of war and said that he liked heroes that weren’t captured.
McCain’s final farewell began on Wednesday in Arizona. On Thursday, not one of the speakers at North Phoenix Baptist Church mentioned Trump by name.
Biden came close when he said McCain was at odds with those who “lacked the basic values of decency and respect, knowing this project is bigger than yourself.”
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