Sen. Orrin Hatch had some advice for Sen. John McCain after learning that McCain’s wishes for his funeral are that President Trump not attend. “Well, he’s the president of the United States and he’s a very good man. But it’s up to [McCain]. I think John should have his own wishes fulfilled with regard to who attends the funeral,” Hatch advised. He also said that he thinks “it’s ridiculous” that McCain would not want Trump at his funeral, and that if it were him, he would reconsider inviting Trump.
After being bombarded with negative feedback for saying this, Hatch has since stated that he “shouldn’t have said anything” about the issue. He’s absolutely correct. Our culture is suffering from an epidemic of narcissism, wherein people believe that what they think about every single issue matters, and this is just one example of that. It’s irrelevant how educated the person is about an issue, what the issue is, or even whether the issue is a very personal one that is absolutely no one else’ business. People seem to think it’s their right, or their duty even, to be sure that everyone hears their opinion on everything. The social media age has spawned an age of narcissism.
In this case, it is absolutely no one’s business but McCain who should be at his funeral. If he does not want to invite the man who said that the only reason McCain is a “war hero” is because he was captured, and that he doesn’t “like people that were captured,” that is certainly his right, and his final wishes should be respected. No one else’s opinion on this decision matters at all. I’m quite certain that every person who has criticized McCain over this would expect the same respect for their final wishes as well. He fought for this country, spending 5 1/2 years in a brutal prisoner of war camp in North Vietnam; he fought for what he thought was right in the Senate, even if you or I don’t agree with everything he stood for; he’s now fighting brain cancer. He shouldn’t have to fight over his own funeral arrangements.