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With political partisanship in America growing ever stronger, and accusations of Russian collusion and association with White Supremacists seemingly having little impact on voter support, we’ve reached the point now where candidates are attacking each other over their predilection for ‘Bigfoot porn’.

Leslie Cockburn, Democrat candidate in Virginia‘s 5th district, posted the cryptozoology-related accusation against her opponent, Republican Denver Riggleman on Twitter today along with a photo from Riggleman’s (now-private) Instagram account:

 

The reason for the strange Instagram posting is apparently due to the fact that Riggleman, a retired Air Force intelligence officer who owns a Nelson County distillery, also self-publishes in the ‘Bigfoot porn’ genre on the side:

Riggleman ran a short-lived campaign for governor last year and has a libertarian streak. He says he’ll join the Freedom Caucus, but supports decriminalizing marijuana and opposes the locally polarizing Atlantic Pipeline project. However, the most curious element of Riggleman’s background may be a recently-deleted Facebook author page appearing to promote a self-published book titled “The Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him.”

At least one Republican attributes Riggleman’s literary musings to his offbeat sense of humor. After all, his Instagram account profile reads: “Own a distillery, consult on DoD matters and had a fun run for Governor. Love whiskey, hate tyranny and embrace liberty. Whiskey Rebellion always!” But that account, since set to private, was once peppered with images of what can only be described as Bigfoot-themed erotic art.

If you’re a bit confused by the reference to the ‘Bigfoot porn’ genre in self-publishing – yes, it’s a thing, with some authors making tens of thousands of dollars a month “writing explicit love stories between various women and the mythical Bigfoot”, as part of a larger (no pun intended) genre of ‘monster porn’ in general.

I’m not sure if this means CNN’s and Fox News’ political panel discussions will now need Loren Coleman on board to keep viewers informed on cryptozoological weirdness – but I’m all for it!