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Sarah Palin Embarrassed By Not Being Invited to John McCain’s Funeral: ‘Kind of a Gut Punch’

Sarah Palin spoke out about being excluded from John McCain’s memorial service, which was held last August.

In a Monday interview with Good Morning Britain, Palin complained that she was not invited to join the funeral of her running mate in the 2008 general election.

“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 not invited to the funeral. Palin added it was “all weird” and “kind of a gut punch.”

Just a few days after McCain’s passing, People magazine reported two prominent exclusions from the funeral invitation list:

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.

Some reports suggested the public outing of who was not invited came from Cindy McCain.

There was a time, a decade ago, when Sarah Palin was covered on the pages of Mediaite almost as frequently as President Donald Trump is now — and McCain would later say he regretted selecting her as his running mate. The former Governor of Alaska is now far less aggressive in both the political arena as well as media landscape, though her comments on being excluded from the McCain memorial roughly six months ago is sure to merit attention.

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