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“Stupid Is A Superpower” GOP Former Legislator Calls Out COVID Denial In His Party

“Stupid Is A Superpower” GOP Former Legislator Calls Out COVID Denial In His Party

The Republican Party platform seems to have, over the course of the past administration, added two unofficial positions: support Donald Trump unconditionally, and downplay COVID-19 while opposing precautionary measures. Republicans who fail to adhere to these particular values are facing attacks from the rest of their party, with Trump promising to support primary challenges.

UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 30: Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-Va., conducts a news conference on the China Task Force report in the Capitols Rayburn Room on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. The report outlines bipartisan action to combat threats from China. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

A Virginia Republican ousted in the last election is among those calling out his party — and in particular, his replacement — for their COVID-19 denialism, warning that their disinformation is dangerous. Denver Riggleman was defeated in the Republican convention in June of 2020, and his Republican challenger, Bob Good, went on to win in the general election, taking over Riggleman’s Congressional seat in January. Riggleman lashed out at Good on Twitter Sunday, after Good encouraged students to defy mask mandates and show up to school unmasked — “They can’t stop everyone!”

Sharing the Rolling Stone story about Good, Riggleman decried “when stupidity is a super power” and explained that his successor only finds this politically expedient because he (wrongly) believes that the pandemic is “phony.”

He also called out Good as a “Stop the Steal apostle” and a “Q apostle,” referring to the twinned conspiracy theories that place Donald Trump as the force fighting against child sex trafficking, and as the true winner of the 2020 Presidential election.

Before leaving office, Riggleman expressed the same frustration with Good’s covid-denying conspiracy theories, declaring, “My brother is a critical care nurse taking care of those with [COVID-19]. Saying [COVID-19] is fake is irresponsible, embarrassing and everything that is wrong with politics. Virginia deserves better.”

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