John McCain

Sarah Palin laments "gut punch" of not being invited to John McCain's funeral

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said on Good Morning Britain Monday that she was "surprised" she wasn’t invited last year to the funeral of her former running mate John McCain, calling it an "unnecessary step" and "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 McCain family] didn't have to embarrass me and embarrass others ... other good people in our campaign back in 2008 who were very, very loyal to Senator McCain ... It's kind of a gut punch."

Flashback: McCain, who ultimately lost to Barack Obama in 2008, had said he regretted choosing Palin as his running mate over then-Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), the New York Times reported before his passing last August. President Trump, who continues to berate the late Arizona senator 7 months after his death, was also on the list of those excluded from the funeral.

Trump to supporters: "The Russian hoax is finally dead"

President Trump at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan Thursday.
President Trump at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan Thursday. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump used Attorney General William Barr’s 4-page summary of the Mueller report to take a victory lap and rile supporters at a boisterous Michigan rally Thursday night, declaring: "After three years of lies and smears and slander, the Russia hoax is dead."

Details: This is the president's first rally since the end of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 22-month Russia investigation, which did not establish any conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian officials to influence the 2016 election, according to Barr. Trump used his campaign-style speech to tear into Democrats, including the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, whom he called "little pencil-necked Adam Schiff."