The 2019 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday drew a response from the family of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), as conservative political commentator Michelle Malkin swiped at “the ghost of John McCain” on immigration.
Addressing immigration issues, Malkin slammed both parties during her CPAC speech.
“It’s the GOP sellouts — not just the radical, open-borders left — that is in bed with immigration saboteurs,” Malkin said. She continued:
“Like the ones who hijacked the tea party movement to shill for amnesty. Those are the real grifters cashing in and practicing deceit at the expense of their base and at the expense of our country. Sanctuary cities have metastasized, and both parties are to blame. And yes, I’m looking at you, retired Paul Ryan, and yes, I’m looking at you, Mitch McConnell.”
“And yes, I’m looking at you, Bush family, and yes, I’m looking at you, the ghost of John McCain,” she added.
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Michelle Malkin points skyward and mocks "the ghost of John McCain" from the main stage at CPAC. Gets a standing ovation from some in the crowd. pic.twitter.com/9mqpkhFcR6
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) March 1, 2019
Malkin’s comment targeting the late Arizona senator — who died of brain cancer on August 25, 2018, at the age of 81 — didn’t go unchecked by his family.
“You never knew @SenJohnMcCain,” his widow, Cindy McCain, wrote on Twitter. “You should be so lucky.”
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) March 2, 2019
Meghan McCain, the senator’s daughter and a co-host of “The View,” took an indirect approach at swiping back at Malkin, as she retweeted her mother’s tweet and a tweet from CNN’s S.E. Cupp that reads, “CPAC was once a place to exchange conservative ideas. Now it’s just a place for agitprop and mean-spirited garbage.”