Donald Trump is no John McCain Said Protesters Outside Trump Golf Club Saturday

President Donald Trump golfed at his Virginia country club during Republican Senator John McCain’s funeral on Saturday. But protesters reportedly gathered at the club with balloons and signs mocking the president.

Ten or 12 protesters gathered on the side of the road flying “yellow baby Trump balloons and holding signs that read: 'You, Trump, are no John McCain;' 'RIP McCain — a hero,' 'Tre45on,' 'Treason Guilty Impeach,'” according to White House press pool reports.

Trump was not invited to the late Senator’s Saturday memorial services in Washington, D.C. Trump disliked and publicly insulted the Arizona senator for criticizing him in the past.

Another protester was seen on TV Saturday holding a sign alongside McCain’s funeral procession that read “ POW McCain hero, Trump coward.” The sign references McCain’s more than five years served as a prisoner of war in the late 1960s when he was in the Navy. In July 2015, Trump said McCain was “not a war hero" and that he liked "people that weren't captured."

As tributes from both Democrats and Republicans poured in throughout the week following McCain’s death August 25, bipartisan criticism targeted Trump’s silence and lack of praise.

“It bothers me greatly when the president says things about John McCain,” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told  CBS  This Morning in a TV interview. “It pisses me off to no end, and I let the president know it.”

He also said the way the president has handled McCain’s passing was “just disturbing.”

Rather than a prepared statement by White House staff whose release was reportedly nixed by Trump, the president issued a two-sentence tweet about McCain’s death.

“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!” the tweet said.

Trump again received bipartisan backlash after only lowering the White House flags for just two days white the Capital building’s flags remained at half-staff. He later made a statement ordering the re-lowering of the flags until McCain’s final memorial service and burial on Sunday.  

Along with the order to re-lower the flags, Trump offered a longer statement about McCain. It included only a brief mention of McCain’s decades-long public service to the country from his time in the Navy and in Congress.

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