Outgoing Virginia GOP congressman says 'the two-party system is really failing the American people right now'
Representative Denver Riggleman, R-Virginia, speaks at a press conference on Capitol Hill. Tom Williams / CQ Appeal, Inc via Getty Images
US Representative Denver Riggleman from Virginia lamented the state of American politics in NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday and questioned the effectiveness of the current two-party system.
"I think duopoly is real, the two-party system is really failing the American people right now," Riggleman said.
Republican Riggleman was extremely critical of the QAnon movement and led the way in passing a House resolution condemning the movement.
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GOP representative Denver Riggleman from Virginia lamented the state of American politics on Sunday and questioned the effectiveness of the current two-party system.
On NBC's "Meet the Press," host Chuck Todd Riggleman asked if he was still a Republican. Riggleman said it was "difficult" to be part of a political party right now.
"I'm a Republican, what I thought was a constitutional Republican, but the way the GOP is going in Virginia makes it very difficult for me to stick with one party," he said. "I think duopoly is real, the two-party system is really failing the American people right now."
In September, Riggleman and New Jersey Democrat Rep. Tom Malinowski introduced a bipartisan resolution condemning the QAnon movement, which promotes a number of baseless internet-based conspiracy theories.
The movement has gained a foothold with a growing number of Republican voters in recent years, which Riggleman deeply worried on Sunday.
"QAnon and the conspiracy theories it promotes are a danger and a threat that has no place in our country's politics," Riggleman said at the time. "I condemn this movement and urge all Americans to join me in trying to exclude it and other extreme conspiracy theories from national discourse."
According to the Washington Post, the House condemned QAnon by 371 to 18 votes, with 17 Republicans and one independent vote voting against the measure.
Riggleman said on "Meet the Press" that the measure was only a small part of combating the presence of the conspiracy movement among the electorate.
"If we look at the spread of misinformation as part of something to target only a specific subset of voters, we are lost and that's what I talked about," he said. "A lot of what President Trump has done in this district has been wonderful. But when we start actually representing as a party ... that anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that believes there is some kind of pedophilia cabal on the Democratic side of the house, I think we are facing a tough ride. "
"As I said, these are the people who believe 'Lord of the Rings' is a documentary," he added. "And the fact that we're trying to speak to her is just ridiculous to me."
Riggleman, a first-time lawmaker, was defeated in his renomination bid after an outcry among social conservatives after officiating the wedding of two male campaign workers in Albemarle County, outside Charlottesville. Bob Good, who was affiliated with Liberty University's sports department for years, won a nomination at an outdoor drive-through convention last summer.
In the past decade, Virginia has transformed from a Republican swing state to a democratically oriented state. The Republicans have not won a statewide election in Virginia since 2009, and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to claim an easy victory over Trump in the state in November.
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