Former intelligence officer and Air Force veteran Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA 5th District) told CNN that he was called a “traitor” by people close to him for simply recognizing Joe Biden as the winner of the November 3rd election.
“I don’t know what’s in their hearts, and I wish I could tell you. I’ve tried to call. I’ve tried to talk to individuals about this,” Riggleman said. “And by the way my own — well, I shouldn’t say this exactly — but people very close to me have called me pretty much a traitor to the cause because of my belief in data and statistical analysis and technology and people that have taken an oath to the Constitution.”
Riggleman also praised former head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Chris Krebs, who was fired by Donald Trump for standing by his conclusion that this election was the safest in our country.
“I think what you saw last night with Chris Krebs and the reason he got emotional is because there’s thousands of people who have taken an oath to the Constitution who have been disparaged, and I think that is absolutely just a repugnant act,” he said.
Riggleman lost the Republican nomination at the party’s district convention to Bob Good in June, after a controversy stemming from the fact that Riggleman, a libertarian-leaning lawmaker, officiated a same-sex wedding last year, according to NBC29.
Good kept the seat in the Republican column this November by defeating Democrat Cameron Webb.