Freshman Congressman Denver Riggleman (R-VA) is starting up his first re-election campaign, and he is counting on support from President Donald Trump to help him keep his 5th District Congressional seat. He even participated in a photo op earlier this month delivering paperwork to put Trump on the ballot for 2020 in the state of Virginia.
Riggleman has quickly gained a reputation as a Republican who will not stand for conservative values. He officiated a gay marriage, thumbing his nose at the Christian conservatives of Virginia who supported him, as one of his first high-profile moves as a sitting Congressman last year.
“My real belief is that government shouldn’t be involved in marriage at all, but if it is, everybody has to be treated equally before the law,” Riggleman told the Washington Post. “And that is part of our Republican creed. And it also comes down to love is love. I’m happy to join two people together who obviously love each other.”
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.”
Riggleman bashed Trump and refused to support him in 2016 because he shares his political ideology with the globalist Koch network. Riggleman’s principal campaign committee, Friends of Denver Riggleman Inc., received a donation from Koch Industries in June 2018. Riggleman has also received a substantial amount of money from a free market group that incites right-wing opposition against Trump’s trade agenda.
One of Riggleman’s biggest donors is the Club for Growth, who gave his principal campaign committee a substantial donation of $104,834 during the 2018 election cycle. The Club for Growth is one of the most influential conservative groups standing in opposition to President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ trade agenda.
“Tariffs, on our nation’s closest allies no less, will reverse the positive impact of President Trump’s historic tax cuts,” Club for Growth President David McIntosh said. “Furthermore, history tells us tariffs will harm our nation’s economic growth and will trigger a trade war that will wreak the greatest harm on hardworking Americans.
“Club for Growth encourages the Trump Administration to go back to the drawing board and halt the imposition of these damaging tariffs,” he added.
Big League Politics contacted Riggleman to give him a chance to address the comments that he made in 2016, but he failed to respond before publication.
FLASHBACK: Three Recent Supreme Court Justices Were Confirmed Within 45 Days
There’s ample precedent for a quick confirmation.
There are 45 days until the November 3rd presidential election, and there’s ample precedent for an expedited confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice in such a timeframe following a vacancy.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg died on Friday, setting up a possible contentious confirmation process to fill her seat. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pledging that a tentative Trump administration nominee for the position will receive a vote on the Senate floor, despite outrage and indignation on the part of progressives falsely maintaining that McConnell is breaking precedent he set by refusing to confirm Merrick Garland. President Obama tried to get Garland confirmed when the opposing party controlled the Senate, a divided government that does not exist in 2020.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg herself was formally nominated by President Clinton on June 22nd, 1993. Her confirmation process began on July 20th, and she was confirmed on August 3rd, with a total of 42 days elapsing between her nomination and confirmation.
John Paul Stevens’ nomination was advanced and confirmed in a speedy 19 days, and Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed in 1981 in a total of 33 days.
In fact, every single Supreme Court nomination of the past 45 years was nominated and voted upon within a shorter duration of the time remaining in Donald Trump’s first presidential term.
Yes, Trump has time to nominate and get his nominee confirmed to the Supreme Court. EVERY SINGLE VOTE ON A #SCOTUS NOMINEE OF THE LAST 45 YEARS was voted on in less time than what Trump has between now and the end of his current term. pic.twitter.com/og5aOZsiw1
— Matt Batzel (@MattBatzel) September 19, 2020
There’s actually wide precedent for nominating and confirming a Supreme Court justice within the confines of President Trump’s first term, and Democrats are being untruthful or erroneous to suggest otherwise.
McConnell is beginning initial work to advance confirmation hearings, with potential liberal Republicans such as Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski presenting themselves as possible holdouts. It is possible to approve a judge with 50 votes in the Senate and a Vice Presidential tiebreaker.
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