For Sen. John McCain's daughter, the 2018 midterms are a powerful reminder of just how much she misses him. On Tuesday, Meghan McCain shared a touching Election Day photo featuring her dad. The sweet tribute proves that he had a powerful impact on who she is as a person — and who she is as a citizen.
The photo that Meghan shared to Twitter shows a young McCain holding Meghan, who was a baby at the time. McCain is smiling and proudly showing his daughter to women who are sitting at a table. Meghan captioned the photo, "November 6, 1984 - my Dad showing me off when I’m 15 days old at the polls," she wrote. "My first Election Day of my life without you - miss you so much today Dad. Thank you for always involving me in our amazing American political process and bringing me everywhere you went."
McCain died Aug. 25 from a malignant brain tumor called a glioblastoma, according to The New York Times. McCain served as a naval bomber pilot and was held as a prisoner of war for five and a half years during the Vietnam War, according to CNN. In the last year of his life, McCain notably opposed much of President Donald Trump's rhetoric and policy. In late July 2017, he cast the deciding vote that shot down the GOP's effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, according to Vox.
Some of the biggest names in politics attended McCain's funeral in September and remembered him as a powerful figure in Washington. Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush delivered eulogies, as did Meghan, according to Axios.
On Aug. 29, while McCain's casket laid in state at the Arizona Capitol, Meghan knelt next to it and wept. On Sept. 1, she gave a powerful eulogy, often breaking down in tears while she remembered her father. She said, according to local Arizona news website AZ Central:
I am here before you today saying the words I have never wanted to say, giving the speech I have never wanted to give. Feeling the loss I have never wanted to feel. My father is gone.
... John Sidney McCain III was many things. He was a sailor, he was an aviator, he was a husband, he was a warrior, he was a prisoner, he was a hero, he was a congressman, he was a senator, he was nominee for president of the United States. These are all the titles and the roles of a life that has been well-lived. They're not the greatest of his titles nor the most important of his roles.
Meghan also made a number of sharp comments that many believed were subtle jabs at President Trump. For example, she said, "We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness,” she said of her father. “The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly.”
In October, when Meghan returned to ABC's The View, she said her dad and his views inspired her — and that they always will. She told her cohosts, according to CNN:
I think there was a lot of talk about what died with him. And I am here to tell you: it didn't. It is alive, and I need us to remember that. He believed in American exceptionalism. He believed that America is the greatest country in the history of the world.
Meghan made it clear in her election day tweet that her father's memory is alive with her every day, but especially on Tuesday.