Much has been made of the attendees of the funerals of Sen. John McCain and soul singer Aretha Franklin this past weekend.
As LU noted on Saturday, ABC and MSNBC cropped a widely circulated photo from the Franklin funeral to eliminate the image of anti-Semitic, anti-white Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The other figures in the picture who the two networks permitted to remain were Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and former President Bill Clinton.
Clinton, who delivered a eulogy, was featured in other photos, including a pair that went viral on social media. These reveal his reactions to rear views of the shapely Ariana Grande (on top) and a less curvaceous performer (on the bottom).
One important individual who was conspicuously absent from John McCain’s funeral was President Donald Trump, who was not invited but nevertheless dominated the funeral via condemnations by McCain’s daughter Meghan and former President Barack Obama.
Many in the media took issue with Trump for golfing while the funeral was taking place. It is hard frankly to know what the press expected the president to do since his absence was not of his choosing but mandated by the late senator himself.
One critique of Trump that resonated with the media was by outgoing junior Senator from Arizona Jeff Flake, who like McCain before him, is a vocal critic of the current president. As The Hill reports, Flake shared a photo on Twitter “of three former presidents from two political parties in attendance at the funeral,” which he captioned “decency wins.”
Decency Wins pic.twitter.com/7DkX1vNG4i
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) September 1, 2018
There is much about this partisan sentiment that makes it fatuous. One could certainly point to Barack Obama’s less-than-decent behavior after four Americans were killed in a terrorist raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on the eve of the 2012 election.
But Trump supporter James Woods homed in on another closer-to-home limitation of one of the other figures shown in Flake’s photo.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 2, 2018