Days of mourning for the Arizona Senator, including a lie-in-state in the Capitol Rotunda and the pomp of serving in Washington's National Cathedral, are sure to be more than just a single political leader and national hero.
In Washington, even death is political – a fact McCain himself saw as a popular eulogist, and by planning his funeral rites to shut out the president, he will make an unequivocal posthumous statement to the White House.
The honors for McCain and the praise of his courage, honor, decency, character, and willingness to test his own mistakes will unfold at a time when Trump's unflattering public debate about his own personality and his behavior leads. The conviction of former personal attorney Michael Cohen and the conviction of former election campaign leader Paul Manafort last week deepened the political and legal storm for the White House ̵
In this context, the ceremonies marking McCain's death seem more than just a lawsuit for a deceased political giant. They are likely to become a debate on the political morality and behavior and principles of public figures in an already polarized political era, which has been further affected by Trump's disturbing influence.
After two lost presidential campaigns, McCain never made it to the US Oval Office – and yet he receives an emotional rejection and judgment that might come in handy for one of the men who became president.
CNN has reported that McCain Barack Obama and George W. Bush – the two men who kept him from the White House – voted to praise him and did not want the president to be present Funeral. If these plans are correct, McCain will send a clear message to Trump after he has made it clear during his lifetime that he sees the president's attitude, populist style, and worldview as contrary to America's fundamental values and global role.
The antipathy between the Senator of Arizona and the President was not calmed by his death on Saturday of Brain Tumor
What the President says and does not say
Under normal circumstances, a president could be expected make a meaningful written statement to mark the demise of such an important political figure. Trump simply wrote a tweet, and while members of his immediate family praised McCain's character and contribution, he did not.
The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Trump decided against commenting on McCain's senatorial career and military service as a Vietnam prisoner of war. The newspaper said press secretary Sarah Sanders and White House chief of staff John Kelly endorsed calling the Arizona senator a "hero."
"My deepest sympathy and respect goes to the family of Senator John McCain Hearts and prayers are with you! " Trump wrote on Twitter.
McCain's service to the National Cathedral may well be the largest meeting of the political establishment and the visits of global elites, as seen during the Trump presidency. The absence and failure of the President to mourn a grateful nation would, for McCain, eloquently reflect the break with traditional ruling classes, which he successfully placed in the focus of his 2016 campaign and became a motive for his presidency.
Not Inviting someone to preside over a major national event will surely impress a man like Trump, who enjoys the theatricality of the presidency. Yet, there could be a political advantage as some of his devoted base voters saw McCain as a political relic, especially after the President's frequent attacks on the Senate of Arizona
Leaving aside the debate over Trump's behavior, which may be the accumulation of establishment clans also serve as an epitaph not only for McCain, but also for his preferred brand of conservatism. McCain, a Cold Warrior, was a disciple of President Ronald Reagan and took on the later neo-conservative self-confidence of the George W. Bush years.
Trump, however, has joined Vladimir Putin, the former KGB man who aspires to revive some of Russia's Soviet influence. The President has hammered Western institutions such as NATO and the European Union, which have contributed to the victory of the Cold War, he criticizes the Middle East conflicts that McCain advocated, and he believes that the global trading system is being manipulated against the US.
Weeks before an interim election, and with the next presidential race already in hand, memories of McCain will demonstrate the kind of values and policies that the republican icon shared with his contemporaries of the establishment.