‘Never Trump’ Leader Confirms That Primary Loser Denver Riggleman Has Always Hated the President
Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) will be leaving office after losing a contentious primary to Bob Good, a former Campbell County supervisor and employee with Liberty University, on Saturday.
Riggleman won the endorsement of President Donald Trump, but the delegates in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District were not swayed by the libertine who officiated a gay marriage shortly after being elected to national office.
The delegates were apparently smart to get rid of Riggleman, who “Never Trump” leader Bill Kristol has said is a private critic of the President, but lacks the courage and fortitude to express his truthful opinion publicly.
Kristol made the announcement in a Twitter post:
Now that Rep. Denver Riggleman has lost the GOP nomination to an extremist in a rigged convention in VA-5, we invite him to join Republican Voters Against Trump. Riggleman privately disdained Trump, but he decided he "had" to go along. He doesn't now. https://t.co/wNpIhuAk9S
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 14, 2020
Riggleman’s has expressed his disdain publicly for President Trump in the past. Before running for Congress and reinventing himself as a pro-Trump Republican, he talked about how he would never vote for Trump and how he was not a better choice for the presidency than Hillary Clinton.
Big League Politics reported on Riggleman’s shameful comments:
Riggleman’s libertarian brand of politics also caused him to not support President Trump during his presidential campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Riggleman called Trump a “buffoon” and said there was little difference between he and Hillary Clinton in a social media post shortly before the 2016 election.
“I will be writing myself in for President,” Riggleman declared with just a couple of weeks before the election.
In his post, Riggleman noted that he had “no problem with Trump being investigated by the media” before giving Clinton credit for having a “much better political machine” than Trump.
He wrote that Clinton voters should “take a second look at her incredible mountain of pass transgressions.” Despite his apparent disdain for Clinton, it wasn’t enough for Riggleman to support Trump who he called a “buffoon.”
“There’s good people voting for [Clinton]. Just make sure you vote with eyes wide open,” Riggleman said. “The American public gets what they deserve… we put these 2 buffoons in these positions. No one else is to blame.”
Even though he was the incumbent, his opponent won with 58 percent of the votes at Saturday’s convention. This shows that the hardcore activists were not fooled by Riggleman’s disingenuous posturing. They went with the genuine article and gave their support to a long-time conservative activist in Good.
Good, who described himself as a “bright red Biblical and constitutional conservative,” said that he is looking forward to making the 5th District “bright red again” by displacing Riggleman, who may have learned a hard lesson about what happens when a politician disrespects his constituents.