Representative Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.), who describes herself as “pro-life,” blamed the White House and mysterious “pedophiles” on Friday for the shortage of formula in the United States – and called for denial of the infant formula for migrant babies.
The “White House, House Democrats and the usual pedophiles are so out of touch with the American people that rather than presenting ANY PLAN or urgency to solve the national infant formula crisis, they are doubling down on sending pallets of formula to the southern border,” Stefanik wrote in a tweet.
The unidentified “usual pedo scammers” appeared to be a reference to a particularly outlandish QAnon conspiracy theory that an international child sex trafficking ring is operated by Democratic leaders. A spokesperson for Stefanik insisted to TUSEN that the imagined “pedo scammers” also included Republicans.
Critics have warned that such an irresponsible tweet could spark violence against imaginary enemies. A gunman opened fire in 2016 at a Washington, DC pizzeria baselessly identified as the location of an alleged child trafficking operation. No one was hurt. The “Pizzagate” shooter was sentenced to four years in prison.
After a similar tweet Friday from Stefanik calling for denying infant formula to immigrant infants, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona) named her the leader of a fake “Pro Starvation Caucus.”
Stefanik blames the Biden administration for the current shortage of infant formula in America. The administration does not manufacture infant formula; it is created and sold by three large companies, which have little competition.
The shortage was triggered in part by pandemic-related supply chain issues, combined with a massive safety recall by the largest formula producer, Abbott Nutrition, which was forced to close its Michigan plant early. this year due to contamination issues.
The United States purchased infant formula for immigration centers because it is required by law to provide basic necessities, such as toilet paper, food and infant formula, to people being processed or held in federal institutions.
Stefanik is one of several so-called “pro-life” Republican lawmakers who want to ban abortion but see no contradiction in denying infant formula to babies in federal detention facilities.
Twitter critics piled on Stefanik.
This article originally appeared on The US Express News and has been updated.