congressman from new york elise stefanikthe third Republican in the US House of Representativesshe has been roundly criticized for calling her political opponents the “usual pedophile hustlers” when she joined Republican officials in attacking the White House and congressional leadership for their response to nationwide baby formula shortages.
He stated that the administration “has no plan” to address the shortage; the White House and the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi have propose plans to deal with the crisisincluding an upcoming vote to increase supplies for low-income families.
Congresswoman Stefanik’s use of “fart” on May 13 follows an explosion of casual stains against LGBT+ people and their supporters by right-wing media figures and other Republican officials in the wake of opposition to GOP-led legislation targeting LGBT+ people.
Congresswoman Stefanik’s office said the independent that “fart scammers” refers to The Lincoln Project, a political action group made up of Republicans and former Republicans that has criticized Donald Trump and his allies.
A former member of the group, John Weaver, a longtime Republican political operative who advised John McCain and John Kasich, among others, presumably sent unsolicited and sexually provocative messages online to young men. The Lincoln Project is not involved in the baby formula shortage.
Michigan Democratic State Senator Mallory McMorrow, who was objective in a campaign message of a Republican lawmaker who claims she is “grooming” and sexualizing children, said Rep. Stefanik’s tweet is “direct QAnon rhetoric that led a gunman to open fire at a DC pizzeria believing children were trapped in a non-existent basement”.
His comments touched on a long-standing right-wing conspiracy theory in the “Pizzagate” and QAnon movements that alleges that powerful pedophiles are using government levers for sex trafficking.
“Anyone who claims to legitimately care about children should stop using rhetoric that will get people killed,” he said.
“One thing we’re not going to do is follow the House Republican leadership’s suggestion to let babies starve.” saying US Representative Don Beyer. “This is really disgusting.”
Democratic US Rep. Ted Lieu, a former US Air Force prosecutor, said, “I know that pedophilia is a serious crime that harms the most vulnerable.”
“You trivialize pedophilia and the 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 that giving a “wink” and “nod” to QAnon conspiracies is a “new low.”
“Instead of focusing on ‘owning the freedoms,’ it should aim to redevelop a conscience. That’s what I mean,” he said.
This week, Republicans and right-wing media personalities have been accused of relying on politically motivated anti-immigrant rhetoric during the formula shortage when criticizing the Biden administration. for feeding migrant children in custody at the US-Mexico border.
The recall of formula produced at a Michigan manufacturing plant, coupled with supply chain issues fueled by Covid-19, has made formula difficult for families to find, or subject to purchase limits in the stores, after the manufacturers closed and stock was removed from the warehouse, but not replaced
President Biden has called on federal agencies to help address the shortage, including relaxing the rules manufacturers must follow in order for their products to be eligible under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, that supports low-income families.
Manufacturers have produced more formula in the past four weeks than in the same period immediately before the recall, an administration official told reporters this week.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Friday that the administration is aiming to get the formula back in stores “as quickly as possible is our goal … but it’s going to be different from a store to another.”
Meanwhile, the US Department of Health and Human Services. created a landing page for families to find formula, food banks, and health care providers and other assistance.
President Biden also asked the Federal Trade Commission to “consider using all of its available tools and authorities to actively monitor the infant formula market and address any illegal conduct that may be contributing to shortages and hoarding, as well as studying whether rural or smaller retailers are being put at a disadvantage.