Rep. Elise Stefanik Attacks Mysterious ‘Pedophiles’ Over Infant Formula Shortage

Rep. Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.), who describes herself as “pro-life,” blamed the White House and mysterious “pedo con artists” on Friday for the shortage of infant formula in the United States, calling for that formula be denied to the babies of immigrants.

The “White House, House Democrats and the usual pedophiles are so out of touch with the American people that instead of coming up with ANY PLAN or urgency to address the baby formula crisis across the country, they double down on the shipping pallets of formula to the southern border, Stefanik wrote in a tweet.

The “usual pedophile scammers,” which were not identified, appeared to be a reference to a particularly outlandish QAnon conspiracy theory that Democratic leaders are operating an international network of child sex traffickers. A spokesman for Stefanik insisted to The Independent that the imaginary “pedophile con artists” also included Republicans.

Critics warned that such an irresponsible tweet could spark violence against imaginary enemies. A gunman opened fire in 2016 at a Washington, DC pizzeria that was unsubstantiatedly identified as the site of an alleged child-trafficking operation. Nobody was hurt. The “Pizzagate” gunman was sentenced to four years in prison.

After a similar tweet Friday from Stefanik calling for immigrant babies to be denied formula, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) named her the leader of a mock “Caucus Pro Starvation.”

Stefanik blames the Biden administration for the current shortage of infant formula in the United States. The administration does not manufacture formula; It is created and sold by three large companies, which have little competition.

The shortage was caused in part by supply chain issues related to the pandemic combined with a massive safety recall by the largest formula maker, Abbott Nutrition, which was forced to close its Michigan plant earlier this year due to pollution problems.

The US has purchased formula for immigration facilities because it is required by law to provide essential items, such as toilet paper, food and baby formula, to people being processed or detained at federal facilities.

Stefanik is one of several so-called “pro-life” Republican lawmakers who want abortion outlawed, but see no contradiction in denying infant formula to babies in federal detention centers.

Critics on Twitter heaped on Stefanik.

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