From the Democratic Party of Virginia:
Steve Bannon Says The Big Lie Will Be a “Litmus Test” for the GOP, Will Jen Kiggans Admit Joe Biden Won the Election?
Richmond, VA — Trump’s chief political strategist Steve Bannon is laying down the marker for GOP candidates — stay loyal to Trump and double down on his election conspiracy theories, or risk losing your race. Bannon said continuing to challenge the results of the 2020 election will be a key “litmus test” for Republican candidates, saying “there will not be a Republican that wins a primary for 2022 — not one — that doesn’t take the pledge to get to the bottom of Nov. 3.”
And in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional district, Jen Kiggans is responding accordingly. Kiggans won’t say who won the presidential election — but she has made time to campaign with some of the most extreme leaders in her party, including “Big Lie” ringleader Ted Cruz who shamefully led the charge against certifying the results of the 2020 election.
Among the other questions surrounding her candidacy: Kiggans has also refused to say if she would break with party leaders to support establishing a bipartisan commission to investigate the deadly attack on the Capitol. Kiggans also refused to vote to censure Senator Amanda Chase for calling the Capitol insurrectionists “patriots.”
While Kiggans is silent, her opponent Jarome Bell has pushed baseless conspiracy theories, telling Bannon last week that we “need to try [those involved in election fraud] for sedition and treason against the United States of America” and “send them to death.”
“Jen Kiggans hasn’t acknowledged the truth that Joe Biden won the presidential election and Republicans’ ‘litmus test’ of propagating The Big Lie makes clear why. Her silence confirms she’s more interested in her own political expedience and standing with far-right party leaders than in being an independent voice for Virginians,” said DPVA Communications Director Grant Fox.