Republicans are pretending to be upset that Obama didn’t attend Scalia’s funeral.(I say pretending because of course they are. Everything is a political calculation with these guys. They have no true emotions) Trump tweeted a funny little joke that Obama probably would have attended if the funeral were in a Mosque, ha ha.
The thing is, if he’d attended, they’d be saying he was showboating, taking advantage of Scalia’s death for a photo-op, making it all about himself, etc… You can’t win.
Does anybody remember Paul Wellstone’s funeral? It was 2002, pretty much the year of peak evil. Paul Wellstone was a liberal Democratic Senator from the state of Minnesota who died (along with his wife, his daughter, and a few staffers) in a small plane crash. Things happen. No conspiracy was ever proved, although I have my suspicions. But that’s not my point.
A bunch of Republicans showed up for the funeral. Which would have been O.K., if they were truly there out of respect, but they weren’t. They acted like assholes during a eulogy, they got booed, and the next day the Republican propaganda machine, led by Fox News, swung into action. By the end of the day, it was the Democrats who’d turned the funeral into a tacky political rally. It was one of the most fucked up things I’ve ever seen the Republicans do, and they totally got away with it.
So, here’s the way I see it. If you want to respect the dead, and their family, but you didn’t really respect them in life (and, let’s face it, Scalia was a piece of shit) just stay away from their funeral.