Republicans’ race to the far right is heating up in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional district as Jarome Bell and Jen Kiggans try to outflank each other to prove their extremist credentials. This week, Bell called on Kiggans to join him in supporting a baseless state audit of the 2020 election results, all while falsely pushing the Big Lie that the election was stolen. Bell has even previously said people involved in election fraud should be sentenced “to death.”
As Kiggans takes heat from her primary opponent, she still won’t say that the 2020 election of Joe Biden was free and fair — and instead pushed “false fraud claims” and “pledg[ed] to crack down on voter fraud, rebuild ‘election integrity’ and support more voting restrictions.”
It’s no wonder why Kiggans and Bell want to prove their extremist credentials. Steve Bannon laid down the marker that supporting the Big Lie that the election was stolen will be a “litmus test” for candidates in Republican primaries like in VA-02. And just this week Trump baselessly cast doubt on the results of the upcoming election in Virginia.
“Jarome Bell and Jen Kiggans’ race to prove their extreme party loyalties, even when it means peddling a lie that the election was stolen, is a clear sign they’re out of step with Coastal Virginia,” said DCCC spokesperson Elena Kuhn. “It’s clear that the Republican primary field in VA-02 is more interested in getting in squabbles to prove their loyalties to far-right leaders than they are in protecting our democracy and standing up for hard-working families and small businesses.”