Sarah Palin is speaking out about being excluded from Sen. John McCain’s memorial service, which was held last August.
In a Monday interview with Good Morning Britain, the former half-term governor of Alaska complained that she was not invited to join the funeral of her 2008 running mate.
“I was kind of surprised to be publicly disinvited to the funeral,” she said, calling it an “unnecessary step” and adding that the McCain family “didn’t have to embarrass me and embarrass others.”
She then said that it was not just her, “there were good people in our campaign back in 2008 who were very, very loyal to Senator McCain,” who also were snubbed from attending the funeral. Palin added it was “all weird” and “kind of a gut punch.”
Here’s how People magazine reported Palin and President Trump’s exclusion from the funeral invitation list days after McCain’s passing:
President Donald Trump and former John McCain presidential running mate Sarah Palin are not invited to memorial services for the iconic Arizona senator, multiple sources tell PEOPLE.
“Two names you won’t see on the guest list: Trump and Palin,” says a Capitol Hill source with knowledge of funeral plans for McCain, who died of brain cancer Saturday at age 81.
“Invitations were not extended” to the two political figures, confirms Carla Eudy, a fundraiser who has worked with and been friends with the McCain family for decades.
Palin said she was a convenient scapegoat for Republican operatives who pushed for her to join the losing ticket.
“It made sense to me and my supporters why John McCain did tap me,” Palin said. “But, yeah, once getting out there on that national stage and realizing that there are so many snakes in politics, they are so many snakes in the Republican party who were running the show and allowing me to get clobbered. They were looking for someone to blame for their really crappy type of campaign that they ran. I was a scapegoat.”