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This Congressman Likes Bigfoot Erotica, But We’re More Concerned About the White Supremacy Politics

This Congressman Likes Bigfoot Erotica, But We’re More Concerned About the White Supremacy

Written by Matt Keeley on July 30, 2018
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2018 has been a really weird year, especially politically. But, for once, the weirdest news isn’t about Donald Trump. Yesterday afternoon, the Democratic candidate in Virginia’s Fifth District Congressional race accused her opponent, Denver Riggleman, of being “a devotee of Bigfoot erotica.” But as strange — and, honestly, hilarious — as that is, it focuses on the wrong thing. Instead of the Bigfoot erotica, we should probably be focusing on Denver Riggleman’s ties to white supremacy.

Yesterday afternoon saw Democratic candidate Leslie Cockburn post a tweet with a screenshot of Denver Riggleman’s (now private) Instagram account:

In the post Cockburn does mention Riggleman’s ties to white supremacy but focuses on the more salacious ties to Bigfoot erotica.

Denver Riggleman claims the posts in question were a joke from his friends. He says “My ‘buddies’ thought this pic was fitting for my birthday next week and to celebrate my new book release in a month or two … Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him.”

Riggleman added that he posted the images because they amused him and he never thought they’d be used against him politically.

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Denver Riggleman with friend, Photo courtesy of Riggleman’s Facebook

Denver Riggleman has written a book about Bigfoot titled Bigfoot Exterminators Inc.: The Partially Cautionary, Mostly True Tale of Monster Hunt 2006. That said, those who have read the book say it’s definitely not erotic. But Mating Habits of Bigfoot is an actual book — the Riggleman campaign released a statement describing that book as “satire.”

Though the Bigfoot erotica story is definitely strange, thinking of Bigfoot as a sexual being doesn’t hurt anyone. White supremacy does hurt people, and we’re legitimately concerned about that.

Denver Riggleman has campaigned with Isaac Smith, who co-founded the group Unity and Security for America with Jason Kessler. Kessler is best known as the man who organized last year’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Unite the Right was a white supremacist rally during which a counter-protester was murdered.

Though Riggleman condemned the Unite the Right rally in an op-ed, he has been criticized for refusing to condemn Corey Stewart, a Republican Senate nominee. According to The Washington Post, Stewart has a history of partnering with people with “extreme racial views,” then disavowing them and claiming he didn’t know what they believed when people call him out on it.

As always, Chuck Tingle had the most insightful take on the situation. Himself the author of some Bigfoot erotica, Tingle tweeted this last night:

What do you think about Denver Riggleman’s Bigfoot erotica fandom?

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