Sarah Palin opened up about not being invited to the late Sen. John McCain's funeral last year, calling it a "gut punch."
"I was kinda surprised to be publicly disinvited to the funeral. I think that was an unnecessary step," Palin said on "Good Morning Britain" with Piers Morgan. "They didn’t have to embarrass me and embarrass others. That was all weird. I hope that doesn’t happen to other people. It’s kind of a gut punch."
McCain, who died in August from brain cancer, reportedly planned his own funeral. Among other high-profile people not invited to his funeral was President Trump.
Palin, a former governor of Alaska, was picked as McCain's running mate when McCain went up against former President Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race. Picking Palin was a move that McCain lamented as a mistake in his book, The Restless Wave, adding that he wished he had chosen his friend former Sen. Joe Lieberman instead.
Palin said she was used as a scapegoat to deflect away from the poor job McCain's team had done running the campaign.
"Once getting out there on that national stage and realizing there were so many snakes in politics. There were so many snakes in the Republican Party who were running the show then running the McCain campaign and allowing me to get clobbered," Palin said. "Absolutely no defense would they offer of any of the truth regarding me, my reputation, my record. They were looking for someone to blame for their really crappy type of campaign that they ran and I was a scapegoat."
Palin insisted she never heard of any disappointment directly from McCain and said that the two families had a good relationship for years, mentioning that she had even talked with daughter Meghan McCain before the funeral, offering condolences for her loss.