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Jen Kiggans (VA-02)

Republican Rep. Jen Kiggans is looking to hold onto Virginia’s 2nd district, a purple seat that voted for President Biden in the 2020 election. While she called herself “a little right of center” and emphasized the phrase “I’m not an extremist” during her 2022 campaign, in her first term of Congress, she hasn’t been either. She’s been endorsed by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who echoed the same racist conspiracy theories as the racist mass murderers who attacked El Paso in 2019 and Buffalo in May. Even though she has aligned herself to be a moderate, her actions during her first year in office have proved otherwise and voted with the MAGA extremists in her party.

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  • Kiggans provided a critical vote to help deliver the passage of H.R. 2, also known as the Child Deportation Act: Rep. Kiggans’ first immigration vote of the new Congress was to help deliver a nativist wish-list that offers no solutions to our nation’s broken immigration system, and instead proposes a slew of Trump-era proposals, including stripping unaccompanied minor children of critical protections. Kiggans’ Republican colleagues promoted this legislation with white nationalist conspiracy theories about “replacement” and “invasion” that have inspired multiple domestic terrorist attacks. In her statement, Kiggans blamed immigration for “the record number of fentanyl deaths to rising crime, communities across America are paying the price of this self-inflicted crisis”. In reality, most of the fentanyl comes across the border through ports of entry by U.S. citizens, and the right-wing talking point that undocumented immigrants commit more crime has been thoroughly debunked.
  • Kiggans joined GOP House extremists in giving thumbs-up to racist resolutions: In June 2023, Rep. Kiggan joined her extremist colleagues in approving two baseless but dangerous resolutions advancing the racist conspiracy theories and paranoia targeted at immigration and immigrants. One resolution pushed bigoted falsehoods about migrants supposedly posing a threat to communities. The second resolution, from Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), introduced baseless impeachment articles against President Biden. One glance at the resolution showed this effort was instead about advancing the party’s embrace of deadly, white supremacist “invasion” rhetoric. This dangerous and bigoted rhetoric would again come to play during the sham impeachment effort against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
  • Kiggans voted to make a great replacement theory promoter the new House Speaker: Last fall, Rep. Kiggans was one of 220 House Republicans to unanimously vote to make Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana the new Speaker. Johnson, America’s Voice Executive Director Vanessa Cárdenas previously noted, “has gone farther than most of his Republican colleagues in elevating alarmist and dangerous rhetoric.” Even though Kiggans voted for the previous Speaker Kevin McCarthy during Rep. Jim Jordan’s speakership vote (R-OH), who is a key amplifier of the white nationalist “great replacement” conspiracy theory and completely unworkable and cruel demands like the Child Deportation Act, she caved into GOP MAGA demands and voted for Johnson who has the same track record as Jordan.
  • Kiggans voted for impeachment effort driven by white nationalist and antisemitic conspiracies: In one of the most egregious votes in recent Congressional history, Rep. Kiggans supported the sham impeachment effort against DHS Secretary Mayorkas. Extreme members of the House repeatedly peddled white nationalist “invasion” rhetoric and antisemitic replacement conspiracy theory as part of their effort against Mayorkas, who is a Jewish Cuban-American refugee. “You don’t have to be a Holocaust survivor like me to be concerned,” wrote Abraham Foxman, former National Director of the Anti-Defamation League. “The murderer who shot at a synagogue in Poway, CA claimed that Jews were responsible for the genocide of ‘white Europeans.’ Mayorkas has publicly warned against the growth of conspiracy and hate fueled extremist violence.” But despite warnings from Jewish organizations, constitutional scholars, and former GOP officials, Rep. Kiggans chose party over country and continued normalizing dangerous rhetoric putting a target on the backs of communities.
  • Kiggans remained silent as Trump echoed Hitler with vile “poisoning the blood” remarks: Rep. Kiggans has refused to condemn former President Trump for his despicable claims that immigrants are “poisoning the blood” of America. This incendiary language is virtually indistinguishable from Adolf Hitler’s rhetoric, but when given the chance to distance himself or disavow this horrific language, Trump instead doubled down. Republicans and their right-wing allies have also been engaged in a campaign spreading nativist conspiracies in order to justify subverting democracy amongst supporters, socializing the idea that any election result they do not like can be blamed on this conspiracy of fraudulent immigrant voters. Yet Rep. Kiggans has remained silent as Trump has echoed the language of dictators, and as her extreme colleagues have used immigrants to sow doubt and distrust in our electoral process.
  • Kiggans prioritized the passage of dehumanizing legislation over improving the lives of working families: While Rep. Kiggans was working to pass dehumanizing legislation targeting vulnerable families and children, such as the Child Deportation Act, she’s done vanishing little while in the majority to improve the daily lives of working families. An ABC News analysis found that the 118th Congress, which saw Republicans in control of the House following the 2022 midterms, to be the least productive in U.S. history. Criticism even came from within the party, when Rep. Chip Roy, one of the most far-right members of the GOP caucus, questioned how Republicans can claim to stand for something, “and then do nothing about it.” But instead of trying to deliver solutions for working Americans, Rep. Kiggans has joined extreme colleagues in prioritizing anti-immigrant legislation and a sham impeachment driven by conspiracy theories.

Rep. Kiggans has also embraced endorsements from extreme electeds like Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), who once penned a notorious op-ed that urged former President Trump to use U.S. military force against Americans expressing their right to protest. Rep. Kiggans would continue to be a rubber stamp for the Republican agenda and their failed chaos and cruelty approach to the border. She offers no real solutions to address the concerns at the border while her friends embrace dangerous conspiracy theories, jeopardizing all our safety. Rep. Kiggans’ friends are bullies and extremists who demonize our communities and have spent their time in the majority pushing dangerous conspiracies that threaten our public safety and our democracy. Rep. Kiggans’ friends show us exactly who they are.