Former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral was held in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, and one of the biggest takeaways from the ceremony was the fact that Hillary Clinton refused to acknowledge Donald Trump’s existence.
Bush’s funeral brought together all of the living former presidents—Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter—as well as our current president, Donald Trump and his wife Melania.
The Trumps were seated in the front row of the Washington National Cathedral right next to the Obamas. As the couple made their way to their seats, Trump shook hands with former president Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. Melania Trump also shook hands with the Obamas and Bill Clinton and nodded at Hillary Clinton.
But, most noticeably, neither President Trump nor the Clintons appeared to acknowledge one another when the president arrived. Hillary Clinton stared straight ahead when the Trumps arrived, only briefly glancing at Melania, and the president did not even make an attempt to greet his arch nemesis and former 2016 presidential election competitor.
President Donald Trump arrives for George H.W. Bush’s memorial, shakes hands with the Obamas
— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) December 5, 2018
The moment quickly went viral on Twitter:
Hillary Clinton aggressively staring straight ahead is the content I didn’t know I needed pic.twitter.com/ocCww97MDr
— molly (@isteintraum) December 5, 2018
— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) December 5, 2018
Bush’s funeral seating is more stressful than a Love & Hip Hop reunion pic.twitter.com/7ETnyFLvXh
— Y’all Won (@SylviaObell) December 5, 2018
Hillary Clinton at the funeral when the Trump’s sat down pic.twitter.com/PJOgXJ0gh6
— Trama (@OnlyTrama) December 5, 2018
Hillary Clinton hit Donald Trump with dead straight face and his wife with the swift head nod ???? Hillary Clinton has been around black people too long.
— Mr. Weeks ?? (@MrDane1982) December 5, 2018
— The Root (@TheRoot) December 5, 2018
Watch Hillary Clinton pretend Donald Trump doesn’t exist. ? pic.twitter.com/HMAAlXn2LC
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 5, 2018
big mood for 2019:
— Brian Gay (@brian2596) December 5, 2018
Donald Trump spends every single day criminalizing Hillary Clinton and telling America she belongs in jail.
I wouldn’t look at him or shake his hand either.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) December 5, 2018
Them: Trump is here.
Hillary: Y’all say somethin?pic.twitter.com/ZnjoRYIkmg
— Tré Easton (@treeaston) December 5, 2018
Much ado is being made over the fact that Hillary Clinton did not acknowledge the presence of trump.
Good for her. Because the funeral wasn’t about her, or him. It was for #Bush41 and his family.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) December 5, 2018
To everyone who is angry that Hillary Clinton didn’t shake Donald Trump’s hand at George H.W. Bush’s funeral, but totally fine with the fact that Donald Trump didn’t shake Hillary Clinton’s hand, you are the very definition of a misogynists.
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) December 5, 2018
For what it’s worth, when former president George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush arrived at the funeral, the family greeted the Trumps and all of the former presidents and first ladies.
Other notable moments from the ceremony included George W. slipping Michelle Obama candy, just as he did months ago at John McCain’s funeral:
Former U.S. President George W. Bush slipped Michelle Obama another treat at his father’s funeral, just as he did months ago at John McCain’s funeral pic.twitter.com/qg9J8DHZ6x
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) December 5, 2018
And former vice president Joe Biden either falling asleep or praying really hard:
Trump’s opponent in 2020
“Sleeping” Biden! pic.twitter.com/slVUaLscj1
— Giants 4-8 (@NelsonGafanha) December 5, 2018
Wednesday morning, Trump said he was “looking forward to being with the Bush family.”
Looking forward to being with the Bush family. This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life. He will be missed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2018
“This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life,” Trump tweeted. “He will be missed!”
George H.W. Bush, the nation’s 41st president, died last Friday (Nov. 30) at the age of 84 at his home in Houston, Texas.
Following his funeral service, Bush was flown back to Texas, where he was buried at his presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University beside his wife, Barbara, and their 3-year-old daughter, Robin.