Top aides from McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign not invited to funeral: report

Top aides from McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign not invited to funeral: report

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP senator says Republicans didn't control Senate when they held majority Pence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech Mark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid MORE's (R-Ariz.) former presidential campaign manager Steve Schmidt and senior adviser Nicolle Wallace were not invited to the late Republican senator's funeral services, according to a Thursday report.

Schmidt and Wallace, who have since joined MSNBC as a political analyst and host, respectively, join McCain's former running mate in Sarah Palin on the list of those from his inner circle who were snubbed, according to Politico.

McCain's longtime strategist John Weaver also wasn't invited, per the report that cited three sources who spoke off the record.

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McCain's stunning selection of Palin as his vice presidential nominee in August 2008 was criticized by Schmidt and the GOP establishment after the campaign was handily defeated by then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGovernment's misguided holiday to celebrate itself Virginia can be better than this Democrats have a chance of beating Trump with Julian Castro on the 2020 ticket MORE (D-Ill.). Wallace reportedly often clashed with Palin to the point that she admitted to not having voted at all in the election that year.

“That cathedral will be filled with people who stabbed McCain in the front. Schmidt and Nicolle and Weaver stabbed him in the back and you can’t find a single McCain loyalist who will say different or feels different,” according to one source in the Politico story.

The Hill has reached out to Schmidt and Wallace for comment.

Schmidt and Wallace are among MSNBC's most outspoken critics of President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE, who also was not invited to McCain's ceremonies in Arizona or Washington, D.C.

Vice President Pence will speak at a memorial event at the Capitol on Friday.

Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush are also scheduled to deliver eulogies at the National Cathedral on Saturday.

McCain, who would have been 82 on Wednesday, will be buried Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.