New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, the third Republican in the US House of Representatives, has been roundly criticized for calling her political opponents ‘usual pedo crooks’ as she joined GOP officials attacking the House Blanche and congressional leaders for their response to a national infant formula shortage.
She claimed the administration had “no plan” to address the shortage; the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi outlined plans to tackle the crisis, including an upcoming vote to increase supplies for low-income families.
Congresswoman Stefanik’s use of the ‘pedo’ on May 13 follows an occasional outburst of smears against LGBT+ people and their advocates from right-wing media figures and other Republican officials following opposition to GOP-led legislation targeting LGBT+ people.
Congresswoman Stefanik’s office said The Independent that “pedo grifters” refers to the Lincoln Project, a political action group of Republicans and former Republicans that has criticized Donald Trump and his allies.
A former member of the group, John Weaver, a longtime GOP political operative who advised John McCain and John Kasich, among others, allegedly sent unsolicited and sexually provocative messages online to young men. The Lincoln Project has no involvement in the formula shortage.
Michigan Democratic State Senator Mallory McMorrow – who was targeted in a campaign post by a Republican lawmaker claiming she was “grooming” and sexualizing children – said Rep. Stefanik’s tweet was “ direct rhetoric from QAnon that led to a gunman opening fire in a DC pizza place believing there were children trapped in a non-existent basement.
His comments referenced a long-running right-wing conspiracy theory linked to the “Pizzagate” and QAnon movements alleging powerful pedophiles are using government levers for sex trafficking.
“Anyone who legitimately claims to care about children should stop using rhetoric that will get people killed,” she said.
“One thing we’re not going to do is follow the suggestion of House Republican leaders to starve babies to death,” mentioned U.S. Representative Don Beyer. “It’s really disgusting.”
Democratic U.S. Representative Ted Lieu, a former U.S. Air Force prosecutor, said: “I know that pedophilia is a serious crime that harms the most vulnerable.”
“You trivialize pedophilia and victims of pedophilia by randomly and repeatedly calling people pedophiles,” he said. “You should be ashamed and you should apologize.”
Miles Taylor, former Deputy Chief of Staff for Homeland Security under Donald Trump, said giving the QAnon conspiracies a “wink” and a “wink” is a “new low”.
“Rather than focusing on ‘owning the libraries’, it should be about raising awareness. I mean that,” he said.
This week, Republicans and right-wing media figures were accused of relying on politically motivated anti-immigrant rhetoric during the formula shortage by criticizing the Biden administration for feeding migrant children in detention at the US border. -Mexican.
A recall of formula produced at a Michigan manufacturing facility — along with a supply chain issue fueled by Covid-19 — has made formula hard to find for families, or subject to purchase limits in the stores, after the closure of manufacturers and the recall of warehouse stocks, but not replaced.
President Biden has called on federal agencies to help address the shortages, including easing the rules manufacturers must follow to have their products eligible under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, which supports low-income families.
Manufacturers produced more formula in the past four weeks than in the same period immediately before the recall, an administration official told reporters this week.
On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the administration aims to get the formula back in stores “as quickly as possible is our goal … but it will be different from store to store. ‘other”.
The US Department of Health and Human Services has meanwhile created a landing page for families to find formula, food banks, healthcare providers and other forms of assistance.
President Biden also asked the Federal Trade Commission to “consider using all of its available tools and powers to actively monitor the infant formula market and combat any illegal behavior that may contribute to scarcity and hoarding.” , as well as to investigate whether rural or smaller retailers are disadvantaged”.
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