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Michelle Malkin launches 'conservatives for Maxine Waters for president' — but not for the reason you may think

Michelle Malkin releases video advocating for Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) to run for president in 2020 and to be the "defining face" of the Democratic Party. (Image via Twitter @CRTV screenshot)

Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin announced Friday that she is heading up a new committee: "Conservatives for Maxine Waters for President." But not for the reason you may think.

In an ad for Conservative Review TV, Malkin said she wants to make Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who she jokingly labeled a "beltway barnacle," the "defining face of the Democratic Party." Of course, it's not because Malkin, a staunch conservative and supporter of liberty and limited government, supports Waters or has suddenly changed her values, but because Waters embodies the current Democratic Party — a system marked by repeated electoral losses.

"I would like to make an official announcement: Today, I am assuming the role of chairman of a new political committee, 'Conservatives for Maxine Waters for President,'" Malkin said.

Malkin explained that she is assuming the role after reports indicated that Waters may have political aspirations beyond her congressional district for 2020.

Waters told the Daily Caller last week that she would run for president in 2020 if millennials wanted her to do so. Her comments came days before she was slated to give a speech in New Hampshire, the state that traditionally serves as the site of the first presidential primary.

"I’m just going up to do a county Democratic thing. That’s all,” Waters told the Daily Caller. “I’m not running for anything but my own seat. I don’t have any presidential aspirations. If the millennials want me to do it, I’d do it, though."

According to Malkin, to find out exactly what kind of leader Waters is, Americans need to look no further than Waters' "economically ravaged south-central Los Angeles district."

"Staggering levels of persistent unemployment, poverty and gang violence 25 years after the LA riots," are the fruits of Waters' leadership, Malkin said.

"As chairman of Conservative for Maxine Waters for president, I pledge to do my best to spotlight Mad Max's long record of coddling gang members and using her office to enrich herself and her family," Malkin said.

The CRTV host went on to explain that nepotism runs deep in Waters' congressional office, noting that Waters once secured an ambassadorship for her husband to the Caribbean country of the Bahamas, while she has also used her congressional campaign to give her daughter hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Malkin also sought to bring a spotlight to Waters' history of corruption. Indeed, Citizens for Responsibly and Ethics in Washington, a government watchdog group, has named Waters the most corrupt member of Congress on four separate occasions: 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011.

Waters was even charged with several counts of ethics violations in 2010 after she used her clout as a congresswoman to secure a federal bailout for a bank that her husband owned stock in.

"There you have it in a nutshell, liberalism in living color," Malkin said. "Corruption, cronyism and cashing in for friends and family while your constituents and taxpayers get screwed."

"Three cheers for making Maxine the defining face of the Democratic Party," she added.

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