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Ex-Trump press secretary criticized for stirring up QAnon on Twitter

Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has come under fire for a tweet seen as a nod to the QAnon movement. 

A former GOP congressman and an ex-aide to former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceBiden's policies are playing into Trump's hands Pence pleaded with military officials to 'clear the Capitol' on Jan. 6: AP The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Let's make a deal on infrastructure, taxes MORE who has become a vocal critic of former President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE were among the voices arguing that McEnany was giving air to a dangerous conspiracy theory with her tweet.

"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," tweeted Olivia Troye, a former top aide to Pence and vocal critic of the administration since leaving it. "Remember this when the next Pizzagate type of attack happens-You’re enabling it." 

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McEnany in the tweet singled out a comment from President BidenJoe BidenFederal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Jill Biden gives shout out to Champ, Major on National Pet Day MORE about children. 

"Signing off with a final notable quote from Joe Biden during his town hall this evening," McEnany tweeted late Tuesday night following Biden's town hall on CNN. "'Everyone knows I love kids better than people.'" 

McEnany added a "questioning" emoji to the end of her tweet. 

Critics blasted the comment as a nod to the false conspiracy that has been cultivated on the internet in recent years and alleges many of the country's political leaders are pedophiles or child murderers. 

Several of the people who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 have told authorities they believe in the QAnon conspiracy. 

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Former Republican Rep. Denver RigglemanDenver RigglemanTrump the X-factor in Virginia governor race Ex-Trump press secretary criticized for stirring up QAnon on Twitter House GOP lawmaker unexpectedly shakes up Senate trial MORE echoed Troye's comments.  

"It will take massive and multiple doses of facts based digital antibiotics to cure Q sickness. 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," he said. 
 
 
 
Some observers of online disinformation and conspiracy theories noted that McEnany's tweet sparked a spike in chatter among QAnon followers online. 
 
The former press secretary attempted to clarify what she meant by her tweet in responding to Tapper. 
 
"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 my tweets."