Sarah Palin, who was John McCain‘s running mate in the 2008 presidential election, has reportedly not been invited to the late Arizona Senator’s funeral, NBC News reports.
After NBC’s report on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Palin family said 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,” the source added, according to NBC.
Speaking to People, a Capitol Hill source with knowledge of the funeral plans quipped that there are two people “you won’t see on the guest list: Trump and Palin.”
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
McCain family friend Carla Eudy also confirmed that invitations “were not extended” to the Palin family.
Another source speaking to People said that the snubs were likely the decision of Cindy McCain.
“My guess is, it came from Cindy,” the source said. “She is very protective of John’s memory and legacy. She’s also a grieving widow. I think she wants to get through this as best she can.”
On Wednesday, a private ceremony for was held for McCain inside the Arizona Capitol rotunda. He will lie in state in Arizona for two days before being transported to the U.S. Capitol to lie in state there on Friday, The Hill reports. The main funeral service for McCain will he held in his home state on Thursday, where former Vice President Joe Biden will speak.
On Saturday, Obama and and former President George W. Bush will eulogize McCain during a service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
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