Critics are accusing Ivanka Trump of texting at John McCain’s funeral. However, Ivanka’s supporters have pointed out that, in the video widely circulating on Twitter, you can’t see what the president’s daughter is looking down at.
For anyone knows, it could even be the funeral program, one supporter pointed out. You can watch video of the moment below and decide for yourself.
The controversy erupted after the video circulated on social media; Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, were in attendance at McCain’s memorial service in Washington D.C., although her father, President Donald Trump, was very prominently not invited. (Donald Trump spent the funeral at his golf club tweeting about Canada and NAFTA. You can read the president’s tweet here.)
Here’s what you need to know:
Video Captured Ivanka Trump Looking Down During the Memorial Service
After a video captured Ivanka looking down during the memorial service, there was no shortage of people accusing Ivanka of texting.
However, others thought the criticism was unfair, especially because it was based on an assumption: You can’t see what Ivanka is looking down at in the video.
Some Trump supporters felt it was wrong that Ivanka and Jared had to sit through swipes at Donald Trump during the service. Although he was not mentioned by name, some of the comments had a subtext that was clear, such as when Meghan McCain said, during her eulogy, “America does not boast because she does not have need to. The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great.”
Meghan added: “The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege.”
Trump tweeted later in the day:
Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush also spoke during the service, and Bill Clinton attended it.
Lindsey Graham Invited Ivanka & Jared to the Services
Some Ivanka and Jared critics also accused the couple of being “funeral crashers” who should have stayed away from the memorial service because of the bad blood between Donald Trump and John McCain over the years (most controversially, Trump once essentially accused McCain of not being a war hero because McCain was captured.)
However, Katie Rogers, the White House correspondent for The New York Times, revealed that Ivanka and Jared were invited by Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close friend of John McCain’s, who cleared the invite with McCain’s widow, Cindy, first.
“Ivanka Trump was asked to attend the funeral by @LindseyGrahamSC when they met on Capitol Hill earlier this week and she shared her condolences, per a White House official. Graham said it would be a nice gesture for Ivanka & Jared to attend, but cleared it w/ Cindy McCain first,” wrote Rogers on Twitter.
Other members of Trump’s administration did attend the funeral, such as Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chief of Staff John Kelly, military men who also accompanied Cindy McCain when she visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall.