Rep. Stefanik claims in ads that Democrats seek a ‘permanent election insurrection’ by providing pathways to citizenship


House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 20, 2021.
House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 20, 2021. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
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Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), the No. 3 House Republican, is pushing the notion in Facebooks ads that President Biden and fellow Democrats are seeking a “permanent election insurrection” by expanding pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.


The ads from Stefanik come ahead of a rally planned for Saturday in Washington in support of those charged with crimes in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol and as House Democrats work to advance a measure that would allow several million immigrants to apply for permanent residency.

“Radical Democrats are planning their most aggressive move yet: a PERMANENT ELECTION INSURRECTION,” says one version of the ad, paid for by Stefanik’s campaign committee, that appeared Wednesday. “Their plan to grant amnesty to 11 MILLION illegal immigrants will overthrow our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington.”


The ad depicts Biden with people who appear to be migrants reflected in the sunglasses he is wearing.

The GOP’s gradual descent into ‘replacement theory’ and ‘nativist dog whistles’

The language in the ads echoes that of far-right commentators, including Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, who have advanced a “replacement theory” that says liberals are seeking to replace White citizens with non-White immigrants who are inclined to support the Democratic Party.

For Stefanik, embracing such rhetoric is a departure from earlier in her political career. Before she replaced Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as the House Republican conference chairwoman in May, some in her party had raised concerns that her record on immigration was too liberal.

An anti-immigration group criticized Stefanik’s co-sponsorship of the Farm Workforce Authorization Act, which includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented migrant farmworkers.


On Thursday, the Democratic National Committee seized on the timing of the ads.

“As another right-wing mob descends upon the Capitol this weekend, Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is echoing the same vile rhetoric that has led to several acts of violence in recent years,” DNC spokesperson Adonna Biel said in a statement. “Apparently, this is what it takes to become a member of House Republican leadership — xenophobia and a remarkable commitment to pushing the Big Lie that led to an actual insurrection.”

Different versions of Stefanik’s ads appeared on Facebook over the weekend, with several showing migrants trying to scale a border barrier. Some of the ads that debuted Wednesday target Biden by name, as well as Vice President Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).


The ads warning of an “insurrection” are appearing about nine months after violent supporters of then-President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol as Congress sought to count the electoral college votes solidifying Biden’s victory as president.


The Capitol Police are bracing for Saturday’s “Justice for J6 rally,” being planned by a nonprofit group led by former Trump campaign staffer Matt Braynard. The goal, Braynard has said, is to peacefully demand that charges against nonviolent Jan. 6 protesters be dropped. Braynard claims those protesters “reasonably believed” they had permission to enter the Capitol. About 700 rallygoers are expected.

On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee approved several provisions on immigration that Democrats are angling to include in a $3.5 trillion spending plan. Under budget rules, that overall package of legislation could be passed without Republican support.

Among their provisions, the proposals would allow several million undocumented immigrants — including “dreamers,” who were brought to the United States as children — to apply for permanent residency.

15 thoughts on “Rep. Stefanik claims in ads that Democrats seek a ‘permanent election insurrection’ by providing pathways to citizenship

    1. Hello Darms42. Interesting read. I did not know a lot about this. I googled the author who has an interesting resume and worked for the US government in a position to know if this had happened and what it has led to. Hugs


  1. Scottie, call me crazy, but a group of people were invited to Washington by an outgoing president and instigated to cause an insurrection on the Capitol to overturn the results of an election. An election which he says was stolen from him, but he cannot seem to prove in courts of law losing all but one of about 65 court cases, and every recount, review and audit of elections he has requested. These claims were called BS by his own Attorney General, whom he fired for saying such. This election was deemed to be the most secure in our history by the head of cybersecurity, whom he fired for saying such. Ms. Stefanik, the Republican president cannot lose any more than he has after spending a lot of other people’s money. We cannot have one branch of government causing an insurrection against another branch. Full stop. And, it matters not which party did it, but in this case she needs to check her facts. Keith

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    1. Hello Keith. Well said. Grand. Did you see that the Jan 6th committee has written to a Republican congressman about the fact they have proof he lied when he said he did not conduct a tour of the capital against the rules in the days before the insurrection? Hugs

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      1. Scottie, I saw that. Also, conservative pundit Ramesh Ponnuru wrote an excellent op-Ed piece called “Great replacement theory is really a grand delusion.” In it, he correctly notes just because a mass murderer spouts off about his rationale only means he believes this BS, not that we should. He also points a critical finger at Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and opinion host Tucker Carlson saying they are saying something that “is irresponsible and wrong” as they have over-simplified a stance of Democrats on immigration “to the point of falsity.”

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  2. I agree with Keith’s comment, and would only add that it may be time members of Congress be required to pass a psychological examination before being allowed to take their oath of office. Is it just me, or are there more lunatics sitting in Congress today than ever before? And do they have nothing better to do with their time than place Facebook ads and tweet on Twitter? That’s not what we’re paying them for!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Hugs

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    1. Hello Jill. Yes they are not legislating they are being trolls. They want the limelight and fame without doing the work. They want to use the position not to work for the people or the country but for their own personal profit. But they all stem from the same problem, the base of the party is of the same mold as they are, and tRump is. They love that. The base is that. And this is what they want the entire country to be. Hugs

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      1. It appears that the only thing they bother to actually do anymore is campaign for the next election. If they are so bloomin’ concerned about being re-elected, perhaps they should try doing the jobs we pay them to do, instead of flitting all about the country telling people what a great job they’re doing when they aren’t even doing their job! Y’know … if they get their way, turn this country into a backwoods, white male Christian dominated land where women, Blacks, LGBTQ, Hispanics, Asians, and the rest of us are viewed as second-class citizens, then I don’t want to live here anymore. I won’t live here anymore. I think it would be poetic justice if all the inventors, scientists, teachers and more simply left the country … let them figure out how to survive without those of us with brains. Hugs

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        1. Hello Jill. I know a lot of the LGBTQ+ with any means to do so are thinking of leaving red states if same sex marriage falls or the anti-LGBTQ+ laws get too hard to deal with. That means large corporations won’t be able to get staff to move to those states, the US air force has already said any service member who has a trans child that is being negatively affected they will transfer to another state without these laws I imagine they will do the same for LGB people, universities and colleges won’t be able to attract staff or student populations. This is going to backfire on the red states I hope. Time will tell if the people in the US want to go back to 1940 /1950 or stay in the present with diversity and equality. Hugs

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          1. I can certainly understand why they would try to move to a state that is far less bigoted! Sadly, there are likely far too many who cannot afford to. Have you and Ron considered leaving Florida? I hope you’re right, that their bigotry will cost them in the long run. It’s so sad to see the level of bigotry in ALL its forms on the increase in this country. Remember when MLK said he looked for the day when his children would be judged “not by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character”? Apparently that day will never come for Blacks, LGBTQ, women, or any other group that doesn’t quite fit the prevailing set of “values”. Sigh. Hugs

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            1. Hello Jill, we will move if the state outlaws either our marriage or enforce sodomy laws. The Republicans like to misunderstand MLKs words by twisting their meanings. I heard Rick Scott say we need to stop having a race box on government forms. That is racist he claimed. But what removing the race box does is prevent the programs to assist the unserved minority populations and keeps the information on minority inequality from being gathered. It twists the meaning of what is racism to defeat the very thing race identifiers on government forms was designed to fix. My worry is that as even more Republican elected members of congress are suing and championing the racist replacement theory Senator Scott kept claiming that there was no room in the party for racism, that the party itself was not racist. But he wouldn’t say he would tell all Republicans running for office to renounce racism and replacement theory. Hugs

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              1. Yeah, I saw that comment by Rick Scott a month or so ago when he put out his “11 points” that I thought were the biggest load of b.s. I’ve ever heard! You’re quite right … it just serves to prevent minorities from getting the assistance they need. I think at this point the GOP can only be viewed as a fascist organization bent on turning this nation into something that neither one of us want to see. So … sigh … we keep on using what voice we have to try to waken the masses to the reality, to fight the evil that resides within the GOP. Hugs

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    1. Hello Roger. They view any change in government from them having all political power to be an illegal illegitimate change and an insurrection. For decades the right has viewed any election win by Democrats as illegitimate because Republicans believe they have the right to rule. This was the case when Bill Clinton was president, the right simply felt he shouldn’t have won even though he did. It has led to the point where now the party openly claims all elections they don’t win are stolen from them. tRump openly called for just throwing away Republican ballots so that his preferred Republican candidate could win. In one state I posted who the Republican candidate for governor wanted to do away with the voters having a say to an electoral system that favored Republican voters so Republicans would always win, because there were so many Democrats in the state the Republicans rarely won. In other words the voters wanted Democrats instead of Republicans so rather than the party changing their way, they wanted to disregard the voters’ wishes and ignore their votes. Hugs

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