The office of House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik on Monday issued a statement after drawing criticism from a pair of GOP colleagues over social media posts she made before Saturday's shooting spree that left 10 people dead in Buffalo, New York.
“Any implication or attempt to blame the heinous shooting in Buffalo on the Congresswoman is a new disgusting low for the Left, their Never Trump allies, and the sycophant stenographers in the media. The shooting was an act of evil, and the criminal should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Stefanik’s spokesman Alex DeGrasse said in a statement. "Despite sickening and false reporting, Congresswoman has never advocated for any racist position or made a racist statement. She opposes mass amnesty for illegal immigrants and Joe Biden's wide-open border."
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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) slammed the congresswoman for her remarks taking aim at the Biden administration’s handling of the baby formula shortage, in which she tweeted: "The White House, House Dems, & usual pedo grifters are so out of touch with the American people that rather than present ANY PLAN or urgency to address the nationwide baby formula crisis, they double down on sending pallets of formula to the southern border. Joe Biden has NO PLAN.”
And without directly naming Stefanik, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) took to social media with criticism of top Republicans who have made comments aligned with the notion of “great replacement,” a conspiracy theory promoting the idea that immigrants and minorities are replacing white Republican voters.
“The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them,” tweeted Cheney, who held the same leadership Stefanik now has before getting dropped by House Republican colleagues for persistent criticism of former President Donald Trump.
Cheney and Kinzinger are the two Republicans on the Jan. 6 committee investigating the Capitol riots, in which Trump supporters tried to overturn the 2020 win of President Joe Biden.
Over the weekend, Kinzinger was more direct in his criticisms of Stefanik, who has closely aligned herself with Trump.
“Did you know: @EliseStefanik pushes white replacement theory? The #3 in the house GOP. @Liz_Cheney got removed for demanding truth. @GOPLeader should be asked about this,” Kinzinger tweeted on Saturday. Kinzinger pointed to an op-ed titled "How low, Ms. Stefanik?" in the Times Union, her hometown paper in Albany, that blasted the ads, accusing her of couching the “hate in alarmist anti-immigrant rhetoric that’s become standard fare for the party of Donald Trump."
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The Illinois Republican slammed the former chairwoman of the centrist Tuesday Group, accusing her of being divisive.
“OK. What? You used to be the bridge builder in politics, now you are calling people PEDOPHILES. America, you deserve better than this. We deserve leaders that inspire. Politics is failing,” he tweeted.
Kinzinger then poked fun at her spokesman’s response to press inquiries requesting clarification on her comments, in which her office said she was not referring to pedophiles.
“This is hilarious @EliseStefanik. You meant pedophile,” he tweeted.