Sarah Palin penned a touching tribute to late Sen. John McCain on social media – even after he expressed regrets over picking her as his running mate.
Following news of McCain’s passing over the weekend, Palin expressed her condolences on Facebook and had nothing but nice things to say about the former Arizona senator and Vietnam veteran:
Today we lost an American original.
Sen. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs. John never took the easy path in life – and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than self.
John McCain was my friend. I will remember the good times.
My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family.
Today we lost an American original. Sen. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his…
This was a truly classy move on Palin’s part, especially considering that she and McCain had not been on the best of terms prior to his passing.
In McCain’s final memoir, “The Restless Wave,” released earlier this year, the former presidential candidate lamented that picking Palin to run alongside him in 2008 was “another mistake that I made” during his career. Indeed, the New York Times first reported in May that McCain used the memoir and its accompanying documentary as a way “to unburden himself about not selecting (Joseph) Lieberman, a Democrat-turned-independent, as his running mate.”
Members of McCain’s campaign team advised him that picking Lieberman, a pro-abortion former Democrat who had been Al Gore’s running mate just eight years earlier, would kill his chances at the presidency. In his memoir, McCain wrote that he conceded as much, “But my gut told me to ignore it and I wish I had.”
Those are strong words, and they certainly couldn’t have sat well with Palin. Nevertheless, she took the high road and treated McCain’s memory and legacy with the dignity and respect that he deserves. Sadly, that’s more than can be said about President Donald Trump, who has remained notably silent on McCain’s passing.
McCain wasn’t the most popular member of Congress, and many would argue that he was deeply and unfortunately entrenched in the establishment. However, there’s no denying the contribution that he made to our country, and no person who’s lived to honorable serve should be maligned in death.