A Republican who has said he wants to see anyone involved in fraud in the 2020 presidential election executed could win the GOP primary in Virginia’s 2nd congressional district on Tuesday.
Jarome Bell is looking to challenge Democratic incumbent Representative Elaine Luria in November’s midterm elections, but first he will have to defeat three Republican opponents, including perceived frontrunner State Sen. Jen Kiggans.
Bell made headlines in September when he tweeted about a controversial audit of the 2020 presidential election that was conducted by Cyber Ninjas in Maricopa County, Arizona and ultimately confirmed the President Joe Biden’s victory there.
“Audit all 50 states,” Bell tweeted. “Arrest everyone involved. Try everyone involved. Convict everyone involved. Execute everyone involved. #MaricopaCountyFraud.”
The tweet drew heavy criticism at the time and some called on Twitter to remove it. However, a company spokesperson said Newsweek in September that the tweet was “not in violation of Twitter rules”.
The social media site, however, later suspended Bell’s account, and that account was still suspended when accessed by Newsweek early Tuesday morning.
Bell is among many Republicans who have claimed the 2020 presidential election was marred by voter fraud or other irregularities that cost former President Donald Trump a second term.
Courts have repeatedly dismissed allegations of massive voter fraud in this election, although the former president has continued to claim the election was ‘stolen’ from him and the Arizona audit was at the center of these allegations.
Trump said at a rally in Perry, Georgia in September 2021 that he had won the Maricopa County audit “to a level you wouldn’t believe.”
“They had headlines that Biden wins in Arizona, when they know that’s not true. He didn’t win in Arizona. He lost in Arizona based on the forensic audit “said the former president.
Nonetheless, the audit found no evidence of widespread voter fraud and reaffirmed Biden’s victory in Maricopa County.
Bell served as the Navy’s chief petty officer for 27 years and has positioned himself as a strongly pro-Trump and “America First” candidate. He faces Kiggans, who is also a Navy veteran, as well as Air Force veteran Tommy Altman and Andy Baan, a former prosecutor and Navy veteran.
The Virginia Democratic Party described Bell as “a Trump copycat” and “a MAGA Republican who believes in the big lie that the 2020 election was stolen” in mailings sent to voters ahead of the primary.
These shippers also claimed that Bell would “do whatever President Trump wants.”
Newsweek contacted Bell’s campaign for comment.