Bob Dole sparks raucous laughter at his own funeral; he took one last jab at Dems in a farewell letter

Former Kansas Republican Bob Dole, who led his party in the chamber and came up short in a 1996 run against incumbent President Bill Clinton, took one final swipe at Democrats in a farewell letter.

“As I make the final walk on my life’s journey, I do so without fear. Because I know that I will, again, not be walking alone,” Dole, who died earlier this week at the age of 98, said in a farewell letter that was read by daughter Robin on Friday at his funeral in Washington, D.C.

“I know that God will be walking with me. I also confess that I’m a bit curious to learn and find if I am correct in thinking that heaven will look a lot like Kansas and to see, like others who have gone before me, if I will still be able to vote in Chicago,” Dole said.

The late senator’s jab was a reference to the oft-reported phenomenon of dead people ‘voting’ in Chicago and other large Democrat-run cities and is the subject of many jokes and memes about the party in general.

Several conservatives made note of Dole’s farewell message online.

“Bob Dole’s Farewell Letter is absolutely SAVAGE,” wrote Turning Point USA Chief Creative Officer Benny Johnson, whose post included a clip of the video.

“Absolute legend,” Abigail Marone, press secretary for Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, wrote.

After Dole’s funeral at the Washington National Cathedral, his remains were then escorted to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, for which Dole helped bring about.

A World War II veteran, then-Army 2nd Lt. Dole sustained near-fatal injuries after being severely wounded leading a platoon of men against a German machine-gun position in Italy in early 1945. He spent the next three years undergoing major rehabilitation, though he permanently lost the use of his right arm.

He was awarded two purple hearts, the Bronze Star with “V” device, and an Oak Cluster for his military service. Dole was a captain when he left the Army, but he was later promoted to the rank of colonel.

He told Fox News in 2013 he wanted to be remembered as a “veteran who gave his most for his country.”

Jon Dougherty


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