Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said Monday that she was “surprised” that she wasn’t invited to former running mate John McCain’s 2018 funeral, describing the snub as “kind of a gut punch.” “I was kind of surprised to be publicly disinvited to the funeral. I think that was an unnecessary step,” the former vice presidential hopeful said on Good Morning Britain in a clip spotted by Mediaite. “They didn’t have to embarrass me and embarrass others.” After the pair lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden, McCain said that he regretted choosing Palin as a running mate. In August 2018, McCain died at 81 after a lengthy battle with cancer—and in the days after his death, People cited multiple sources claiming that both Palin and Trump had not been invited to his funeral (although Palin said in the interview that “there were good people in our campaign back in 2008 who were very, very loyal to Senator McCain” who had been snubbed, too). Trump has also railed against the late veteran and senator over the rejection, complaining in March that he didn’t “get [a] thank you” for approving his funeral.
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