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Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) came to Congress to get her hard-right swerve on.
Stefanik was elected as a moderate but has drifted increasingly further right over the years.
According to Five Thirty Eight, Steafanik voted against former President Donald Trump’s positions nearly 25% of the time—significantly more often than Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), whom she replaced as chair of the House Republican Caucus after the latter fell out of favor in Trump world.
Something seems to have jostled Stefanik to the fringe between 2019 and 2021.
This year, she used the racist “great replacement” theory in her campaign ads and implied that undocumented immigrant babies should starve. Her Twitter account is practically dedicated to calling anyone to the left of Mussolini a “socialist.”
This isn’t an accident. Stefanik carefully manages her online persona. She really likes deleting tweets. According to ProPublica, she’s fast approaching the 1,000-deleted tweets threshold—truly an accomplishment.
In addition to Twitter, Stefanik is on Gettr, Telegram, Truth Social, and Facebook.
Why it matters
Stefanik clearly doesn’t care what she has to say or who she has to step on to get where she’s going.