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Video: Denver Riggleman Claims U.S., Israel Are the “Two Strongest Democracies in the World.” Uh, Not Quite. Here Are the ACTUAL Rankings.


According to Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA05), speaking at the AIPAC conference (see video, below), the U.S. and Israel are supposedly the “two strongest democracies in the world.” So, since I pretty much assume that any word coming out of Riggleman’s mouth must be false – because it almost always is false – I checked the Economist Intelligence Unit’s actual rankings of the world’s leading democracies.

And Riggleman is…yep, wrong again. Wildly so. In fact, the U.S. and Israel aren’t even considered to fall into the category of “Full Democracies,” but instead are ranked as “Flawed Democracies.” The top democracies in the world? Try those “socialist” hellholes (according to right wingnuts like Riggleman) of the world: 1) Norway; 2) Iceland; 3) Sweden; 4) New Zealand; 5) Denmark; 6) Canada; 6) Ireland; 8) Finland; 9) Australia; 10) Switzerland.

Wait, STILL no Israel or the United States? That’s right, keep going down the list…down, down…to #25, where we finally find the United States, below Chile and Estonia, and just ahead of Cabo Verde and Portugal. And Israel? Try #30, behind Botswana and France.

So yeah, yet again, Denver Riggleman has no clue what he’s talking about. In 2020, can we *please* get a Democrat in VA05 who can beat this guy???


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