Former Republican Virginia Rep. Denver Riggleman told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday’s “State of the Union” that he views the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol as “an attempted coup” by Donald Trump and his cronies.
Riggleman, who spent some time as an adviser to the January 6th House Select Committee, said he no longer considers himself a Republican. “I think the party left me some time ago,” he told Tapper. “What I’ve seen behind the scenes has pushed me further away,” he said, adding that the party has “moved away from conservative principles” to a “cult of personality” around Trump.
Riggleman said people around Trump had an “awareness” of what they were doing when they repeated “propaganda” and “conspiracy theories” that preceded the riot and mainlined “insanity into people’s heads.”
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“When you see it behind the door, when you see the data, when you see the investigation … it’s absolutely stunning, that cult of personality but also the belief systems that I don’t think any real conservative could follow at any point,” Riggleman said.
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Riggleman fully understands the mentality of the current Trump-influenced GOP. “It’s absolutely insane what people have sort of put their arms around. If you look at ‘Stop the Steal,’ if you look at, you know, some of the COVID issues, with the vaccination conspiracy theories. When you look at all the things in total, the fact is that a lot of that has been pushed by people around [Trump],” he said.