Leslie Cockburn, journalist turned congressional frontrunner, is leading the race for the seat in Virginia’s 5th District, running on the Democratic ticket against Republican Denver Riggleman. Although the district has prevailed as a Republican one for 16 of the past 18 years, Cockburn is poised to take it back with the upcoming election result.
Yet Cockburn’s political affiliation isn’t the issue with her campaign. Rather it’s her hatred for the state of Israel and her anti-Semitic tendencies — displaying her genuine temperament, as someone with vile views that run counter to American democratic values.
In 1991, Cockburn co-authored a book over 400 pages long with her husband, Andrew Cockburn, called Dangerous Liaison: The Inside Story of the U.S.-Israeli Covert Relationship. The book’s contents are heavily conspiratorial, making outlandish claims against the Jewish Diaspora, Israeli democracy, and the United States — likely the most egregious given that only two-and-a-half decades later, she is campaigning to be a part of the "colluding machine" that is the United States government.