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Cindy McCain fires back at Michelle Malkin over CPAC speech

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 3/2/2019 Zachary Halaschak
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Cindy McCain hit back at conservative blogger and commentator Michelle Malkin on Twitter after Malkin attacked McCain's late husband, Sen. John McCain, Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“You never knew @SenJohnMcCain. You should be so lucky,” the senator’s widow tweeted.

John McCain, an Arizona Republican, supported increased border security but also advocated for compromise. He died in August, and attendees from both sides of the political spectrum gathered to pay their respects as he laid in state in both the Arizona Capitol and the U.S. Capitol Rotunda and for his funeral. The former prisoner of war and political maverick was widely regarded as a statesman.

During an anti-immigration speech at CPAC on Friday, Malkin mentioned McCain while describing how she thought Republican leadership was not doing a sufficient job dealing with immigration.

“And yes, I’m looking at you, the ghost of John McCain,” Malkin said, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd. “It’s the GOP sellouts, not just the radical open-borders left that is in bed with immigration saboteurs,” she added. “Those are the real grifters.”

In response to Cindy McCain’s tweet, Malkin tweeted back a link to a blog post from her website from 2008, the year McCain ran as the Republican candidate for president, discussing McCain's views on immigration.

CPAC is a three-day event that began on Thursday. President Trump is expected to address the audience Saturday.

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2018 file photo, Cindy McCain pauses while presenting the inaugural John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service to the People of the island of Lesbos, Greece at the Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Canada. McCain is apologizing, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, after claiming that she intervened to stop human trafficking at the Phoenix airport last month. The widow of former U.S. Sen. John McCain told radio hosts at Phoenix station KTAR that she spotted a toddler with a woman of a different ethnicity and “something didn’t click.” She says she told a police officer, and the woman was waiting for a man who bought the child. (Darren Calabrese /The Canadian Press via AP): Cindy McCain responded to commentator Michelle Malkin's "ghost of John McCain" comment.  © The Associated Press Cindy McCain responded to commentator Michelle Malkin's "ghost of John McCain" comment. 

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