On Saturday, resigning Republican Congressman Denver Riggleman of Virginia launched a critical blow against Donald Trump, his allies and “anti-American” supporters as the president continues to question his election loss.
Riggleman is one of the few Republicans to acknowledge President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump. Most press outlets called for more than two weeks the Democratic election, which won 306 voters ’college votes, but Trump refuses to agree.
in an interview with Forbes, Riggleman condemned his Republican comrades for remaining silent while Trump tried to question the election process by demanding “cheated” and “stolen” elections. It’s “completely unethical,” he said, explaining that some of his colleagues believe that breaking up with Trump would “cost them their careers”.
“A career is more important than the facts, it’s that simple,” Riggleman added. “I am very damn sick of it.
Riggleman acknowledged that there were “true believers” in Trump’s claims about widespread voter fraud, but continued to be smart people. “[It] it’s really about where the level of intelligence is … believing in this type of operation, ”he said.
The MP also criticized Trump for embracing “anti-Semitic” and “anti-American” supporters, adding that it was “irresponsible” for the president to retry QAnon conspiracies.
“He is so desperate to retain power that he forgot to serve the people and not himself,” Riggleman said of Trump, adding that the president “never served anyone but himself when it came to his business and what he did.” .
In his statement Newsweek, Riggleman noted that he does not think that all supporters of MAGA are “anti-American,” only those who support pro-Trump conspiracy theories. He also reaffirmed his conviction that “conspiracy theories can do enormous harm, and those that consciously spread them and know they are false are dangerous.”
Riggleman’s remarks came hours after he fired back on a tweet accusing him of being “responsible” for the “corrupt elections” that led to Trump’s loss. The tweet named him Riggleman and several other Republicans who acknowledged Biden’s victory or called for a peaceful transfer of power to the incoming Biden administration.
“I am proud to be on this list with my esteemed colleagues – it is one of many circled,” he replied. “Based on data analysis, the use of facts, and common sense, we were called ‘traitors.’ It’s time for a GOP that represents the core of America, not the manic fringes.”
Since election day, Trump has aggressively allegedly widespread voter fraud and “missed” elections in comments released to the public via Twitter. His campaign has resulted in lawsuits in several key states to have his losses destroyed, but the lawsuits have so far largely failed in court.
On November 19, he promised Trump campaign supporters “huge bombs” linked to his allegations, but the failure to provide substantial evidence sparked anger at some loyalists, such as Rush Limbaugh Radio.
Newsweek reached a comment on the Trump campaign.
We updated this story with additional comments from Riggleman.