Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin attacked the "ghost of John McCainJohn Sidney McCainEleventh Democratic presidential debate to be held in Phoenix Moderate Democrats now in a race against the clock Biden on Graham's push for investigation: 'I don't know what happened' to him MORE" during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

“Sanctuary cities have metastasized and both parties are to blame,” Malkin said. “And yes, I’m looking at you, retired [Speaker] Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan says Biden likely won't get Democratic nomination Judd Gregg: Honey, I Shrunk The Party The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power MORE; and yes, I’m looking at you, [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Trump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE; and yes, I’m looking at you, Bush family; and yes, I’m looking at you, the ghost of John McCain.” 

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She pointed upward while directing her fury at McCain's ghost, at which point several people in the crowd gave Malkin a standing ovation. 

McCain, a longtime senator from Arizona and the Republican Party's 2008 nominee for president, died last year from brain cancer. He was a frequent critic of the Trump administration.