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Republican allegedly shares ‘Bigfoot erotica,’ wins House seat in VA

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  • A Republican House candidate who allegedly “liked” and
    shared a number of controversial social media posts, including
    a lewd drawing of Bigfoot, defeated his Democratic opponent by
    a sizeable margin.
  • Republican Denver Rifleman, a Trump-backed brewery
    owner, won Virginia’s 5th Congressional District with 53.3% of
    the vote, compared to Democrat Leslie Cockburn’s
    46.7%.
  • Riggleman’s social media habits were scrutinized after
    Cockburn shared a screenshot of an Instagram post that featured
    a lewd image of Bigfoot.
  • Cockburn described the sighting as “Bigfoot erotica,”
    and said in a tweet that “this is not what we need on Capitol
    Hill.”
  • The Representative-elect has since made his Instagram
    private for his 295 followers, and
    reportedly
    said his post was merely a joke between his
    military friends.

A Republican House candidate who allegedly “liked” and shared a
number of controversial social media posts, including a lewd
drawing of Bigfoot, defeated his Democratic opponent by a
sizeable margin on Tuesday.

Republican Denver Riggleman, a Trump-backed brewery owner, won
Virginia’s 5th Congressional District with 53.3% of the vote,
compared to Democrat Leslie Cockburn’s 46.7%, according to the

Associated Press
.

In July, Riggleman’s social media habits were scrutinized after
Cockburn, an award-winning investigative journalist, shared a
screenshot of an Instagram post in which Riggleman shared a lewd
image of Bigfoot — the hairy, humanoid creature from North
American folklore.

Riggleman described his image as a “#matinghabitsofbigfoot” cover
art, and noted in the caption, “I hide nothing in this
magnificent tome. Don’t erase the censor box.”

Cockburn described the sighting as “Bigfoot erotica,” and said in
a tweet that “this is not what we need on Capitol Hill.”

The Representative-elect has since made his Instagram private for
his 295 followers, and
reportedly
said his picture was merely a joke between his
military friends.

Riggleman also drew criticism after “liking” several Facebook
pages that shared controversial material, including political
messages couched in sexual innuendo. Following a
BuzzFeed News report
on his social media habits, Riggleman
reportedly took back his “likes”; and some of the pages were no
longer active.

In a meme that superimposed Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s
face on a Native American — apparently a satirical reference to
her claims she was of Native American descent — Riggleman
commented “She is such an idiot.” according to screenshots a
Democratic opposition research firm shared to BuzzFeed News.

Virginia’s 5th Congressional District seat was once occupied by
Republican Rep. Tom Garrett, who abruptly left his position after
staffers accused him and his wife of forcing them to go on

personal errands
. Garrett later admitted he was struggling
with alcohol addiction.

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