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Kayleigh McEnany Gets Hammered for Playing to the QAnon Crowd and Suggesting Biden ‘Loves Kids’

Kayleigh McEnany has up and kicked the QAnon hornet nest, she has. Ex-president Donald Trump’s former press secretary is facing heat after posting a tweet that many people view as supportive of the widely-debunked conspiracy theory.

One former GOP congressman who also served as an aide for former Vice President Mike Pence and who is now a vocal opponent of the former president is one among many voices who now say McEnany is highlighting a dangerous conspiracy theory with her tweet, according to The Hill.

“This is pathetic even for [McEnany] standards. It’s also dangerous given the conspiracy theories the #Trump movement has led, but you know that already Kayleigh & you don’t care,” Olivia Troye, a vocal critic of the Trump administration and a former aide to Pence noted in a tweet. “Remember this when the next Pizzagate type of attack happens — and you’re enabling it.”

In her tweet, McEnany included a quote that Biden concluded his Tuesday town hall event with.

“Signing off with a final notable quote from Joe Biden during his town hall this evening,” McEnany tweeted later that evening: “Everyone knows I love kids better than people.”

She tacked on a “questioning” emoji at the end.

McEnany’s tweet is getting swift rebukes from other critics as a nod to the false conspiracy theory that keeps popping up on the internet and claims many political leaders in the U.S. are pedophiles and eat children for their brains.

It’s a belief that was held by many of the rioters who stormed the Capitol building who flat-out told authorities they believed in QAnon theory.

Former Rep. Denver Riggleman backed up Troye’s commentary.

“It will take massive and multiple doses of facts-based digital antibiotics to cure Q sickness,” he said. “Kayleigh needed relevance and to increase her Twitter and media interactions…Choosing to be relevant to the crazy and violent seems to be a moneymaker.”

Perhaps employers aren’t exactly beating down McEnany’s door. She had a brief dalliance with Fox News but that imploded. Maybe she’s feeling a bit bored and stirring up trouble seemed fun. Hinting at a ridiculous conspiracy theory, however, doesn’t seem like a reasonable way to find employers.

And when you kick a hornet’s nest, you get stung.

CNN’s Jake Tapper noted in a Wednesday morning tweet that a former White House official told him “This is 100 percent meant to stir up the qanon crowd. Awful.”

Some observers who have studied how online disinformation and conspiracy theories spread noted McEnany’s tweet definitely got QAnon tongues wagging.

As you might expect, Tapper’s tweet rankled McEnany, who tried to clarify what she meant in her tweet.

“I tweeted this revealing, bizarre quote from Joe Biden that underscores his horrific, pro-choice, anti-child policies that have dehumanized life (Mexico City policy, etc.),” she said. “[Tapper] your source should put her name on the record if she claims to know the intent of her tweets.”

Somehow, McEnany seems to have forgotten those kids trapped at detention centers waiting to be released back into the arms of their parents. And yes, I know the Obama administration also detained kids, but Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policies put that on steroids, to say the least.

So Kayleigh can just can it with her fake sincerity. She’s just trying to drum up a job and couldn’t care less about anyone other than herself.

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Megan has lived in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida and she currently lives in Central America. Living in these places has informed her writing on politics, science, and history. She is currently owned by 15 cats and 3 dogs and regularly owns Trump supporters when she has the opportunity. She can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GaiaLibra and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/politicalsaurus

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