The Washington National Cathedral will be the site of former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole’s funeral service following his death on Sunday. The flag-draped casket of the World War II veteran and former Senate majority leader, will be carried out to the cathedral’s sanctuary, where President Trump will deliver the eulogy, as Dole’s wife, former first lady Nancy Reagan, and other prominent members of his family are also expected to attend.
Following the service, Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Sen. John McCain, former Republican presidential nominee, are all expected to attend a state funeral ceremony for Dole, which will take place outside the cathedral. Dole, who served as a staunch Republican, was known as a staunch Republican and served in the Senate for 24 years and played a key role in bringing President Ronald Reagan to power in the 1980s. His death has marked the second time a major piece of Republican leadership was made public in a matter of weeks — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lost his right leg during a skiing accident on Christmas.
President Donald Trump was once again in the news on Sunday when he shared his opinions about the political state of Virginia, where Gov. Ralph Northam is under growing pressure to resign after it was revealed that he once appeared in a racist photo at medical school. The shocking photo, which appeared on Northam’s yearbook page, showed a man in blackface standing next to a figure in the KKK hood and robes. Dole was living in Washington when he and his wife became aware of the racial photo, according to The New York Times. Dole stood by Northam on Sunday and said that he did not believe the governor should resign.
“You have to understand in politics and government and government in general,” Dole said. “Things have been manipulated and twisted, but it’s never been as bad as it is now and we all have to wake up. There’s nothing you can do. He’s a very good person. He’s a fellow who cares for his people.”
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