On Monday, a watchdog group filed a lawsuit in New Mexico against Couy Griffin, the founder of “Cowboys for Trump,” seeking to remove the Otero county commissioner from office for his role in last year’s rioting.
The lawsuit was filed in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and several law firms.
Griffin, who was found guilty on Tuesday of illegally entering the Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, 2021, violated the 14th Amendment’s third section, which prohibits elected officials from holding office while engaging in rebellion or insurgency, according to the group. Politicians who break their oath of office by participating in or aiding an insurgency, according to CREW President Noah Bookbinder, “must be barred from public office.”
In a statement, Bookbinder said, “Couy Griffin has used his public platform to spread the false narrative that Donald Trump’s election was stolen and to defend the attack on our Capitol.”
“His actions on January 6th were part of and contributed to an insurgency, and his continued presence in government poses a threat to our democracy.”
Griffin’s legal team has been contacted for comment by The Hill. Griffin was found guilty of a misdemeanor offense – illegally entering or remaining in a restricted ground – but acquitted of a disorderly conduct charge after only one day of testimony in federal court.
Griffin, 48, has served as the representative for Otero County since 2019, when he founded Cowboys for Trump.
According to the lawsuit, Griffin, who once said, “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat,” held multiple rallies with Cowboys for Trump in 2020 to contest election results that former President Trump and his supporters falsely claim were stolen.
Griffin was photographed wearing a suit and a cowboy hat at Trump’s rally on January 6, according to the CREW lawsuit. He’s allegedly holding a bullhorn and speaking to a large crowd below him before leading them in a prayer in one photo.
“There’s no way we’re leaving. We’re not going down without a fight. We will not have our election stolen from us by China. So this is an America that has had enough… Anything to reclaim our country, “According to the lawsuit, he allegedly said at the rally.
Griffin praised the “Stop the Steal” rally as the “most historic and amazing thing that I have ever seen” in videos posted to the Cowboys for Trump Facebook page the day after the rioting, and later said, “you’re going to see a whole ‘nother revolution.”
“Washington, D.C. will never be taken over by China. Because we’re going to lead a charge in there that, if you thought yesterday was a big day, wait until you see the next one “According to the lawsuit, he allegedly said in the video.
Griffin was arrested on January 19 and sentenced to two weeks in prison.
According to reporters, prosecutors accused him of climbing up bike racks and onto a plywood ramp on Jan. 6 to shout down a pro-Trump mob, yelling that the 2020 election was stolen. Prosecutors also claim he climbed over a stone wall outside the Capitol building and declared, “This is our house… we should all be armed,” according to prosecutors. The defense had argued Griffin peacefully attended the January 6 rioting and led a prayer on the steps of the Capitol.
Amber Fayerberg, an attorney in the suit, said Griffin “betrayed his oath of office and his country.”
“If we intend for our democracy to survive for another 200 years, and beyond, we must hold such conduct to account,” Fayerberg said in a statement.
More than 770 defendants have been charged in nearly all 50 states in connection to the Jan. 6 rioting.