Three of John McCain's top aides from his failed 2008 presidential bid are being excluded from his memorial services along with his former running mate Sarah Palin.
McCain campaign manager in 2008, Steve Schmidt, senior adviser Nicolle Wallace, who is now an MSNBC host, and veteran strategist John Weaver were not invited to any services or memorials, Politico reported.
& # 39; That cathedral will be full of people who stabbed McCain in the front. Schmidt, Nicolle and Weaver stabbed him in the back and you can not find a single loyal McCain who says different or feels different, "said a person familiar with the guest list on the news website.
John McCain with counselor Nicolle Wallace, left, and spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan, just during the 2008 presidential campaign
John McCain walks to his caravan with advisers Nicolle Wallace, Rob Portman and Mark Salter in Iowa in September 2008
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was McCain's running mate in 2008
The news of his exclusion follows reports that Palin joined President Donald Trump on the list of politicians who were not part of the guest list.
It is not clear if McCain, who spent months planning his funerals and funerals before dying, excluded them from the list or not. It was reported that Cindy McCain banned Palin.
But the exclusion of the four is seen as a silent acknowledgment of an unhappy chapter in McCain's life.
The presidential campaign and her choice of Palin as McCain's running mate sparked clashes between the late senator and his team, each criticizing the other for the losing campaign and recommending the then governor of Alaska to number two.
Schimdt and Wallace especially angered McCain when he cooperated with authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann for their 2009 book "Game Change", which chronicles Palin's time in the campaign and became an HBO movie.
In the film, Schimdt was played by Woody Harrelson and Wallace by Sarah Paulson, while McCain was played by Ed Harris.
John McCain meets political adviser John Weaver in Boston in September 2006
John McCain listens to senior campaign adviser Steve Schmidt while Mark Salter watches in June 2006
John McCain and Cindy McCain are followed by campaign advisors Steve Schmidt, behind on the left, and Charlie Black, on the right, in New Hampshire, in January 2008.
A friend of the McCain family confirmed that "the invitations were not extended" to Sarah Palin for the funeral of the late senator
McCain refused to see the film and called it "completely biased." This led to a six-year distancing with Schmidt that the former adviser said was resolved before McCain's death.
Weaver abandoned the campaign when it became clear that McCain would be defeated by Barack Obama and then criticized McCain.
McCain was remembered at a service in Phoenix on Thursday. He will sleep in the United States Capitol on Friday, followed by a funeral at the National Cathedral on Saturday and his funeral at the Naval Academy on Sunday.