Despite being John McCain's pick to be vice president during the 2008 race, Sarah Palin was not invited to his funeral.
She described not being to Sen. John McCain's funeral as a "gut punch." She opened up about the funeral while being interviewed on "Good Morning Britain."
“I was kinda surprised to be publicly disinvited to the funeral. I think that was an unnecessary step,” Palin said to Piers Morgan. “They didn’t have to embarrass me and embarrass others. That was all weird. I hope that doesn’t happen to other people. It’s kind of a gut punch.”
Was it hurtful for Sarah Palin to hear that Sen. John McCain wishes he'd selected Joe Lieberman to be his presidential running mate?
"A bit," says the former VP candidate, calling the news a "gut punch." https://t.co/YneqJCQJfH pic.twitter.com/NGyVvU4mjs
— CNN (@CNN) May 11, 2018
According to reports, McCain, who died from brain cancer last August, planned his own funeral.
According to reports, Palin did not learn about not being invited from the McCain family, she learned through an intermediary.
At the time, a Palin family source told NBC News that, “Out of respect to Senator McCain and his family we have nothing to add at this point. The Palin family will always cherish their friendship with the McCains and hold those memories dear.”
Just last May McCain published a book titled "The Restless Wave," where he wrote that he regretted going with Palin as his VP choice over close friend former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.
After the death of McCain, Palin posted two tweets paying respect to McCain and his record.
John McCain was my friend. I will remember the good times. My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family.
- Sarah Palin and family pic.twitter.com/KRvcIQ99cA
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) August 26, 2018
The beef between John McCain and President Trump has been well publicized. McCain reportedly requested that VP Mike Pence attend the funeral and not President Trump.