Democrat Boots GOP County Official As An ‘Insurrectionist’

Cowboys for Trump co-founder Couy Griffin was removed from office and disqualified from running for political positions in the future by a Democratic judge for his participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Griffin was convicted of a misdemeanor for entering the Capitol grounds, but not the building. He was sentenced to 14 days and given credit for time served, but that was not enough for the New Mexico judge.

District Court Judge Frances Mathew ruled Tuesday that Griffin is permanently barred from holding or seeking local or federal political office. He is removed from his position as an Otero County commissioner effective immediately.

In making the ruling, Mathew declared that Griffin participated in an “insurrection after taking his oath.” Even though he did not personally engage in violence, the judge said that “Mr. Griffin contributed to delaying Congress’s election-certification proceedings.”

In essence, a state judge declared that a federal insurrection existed two years ago, even though that declaration has not been made by the federal government itself.

The ruling marked the first time since 1869 that Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was used to disqualify a public official from office. That is according to the government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, D.C.

Griffin outlasted a recall vote in 2021 but is not running for office this year. He had harsh words for losing his office for what for him was a peaceful act on Jan. 6.

He said that Tuesday’s ruling was “further evidence of the blatant tyranny raising its head in our great country.” Griffin defended his actions by saying that he acted “on the grounds of peace” that day and out of concern that election laws were broken.

Griffin said he wanted those laws upheld and respected, and he wanted to lobby former Vice President Mike Pence to vote no on the election certification.

It may be unprecedented for a state official to declare a national insurrection and then remove a duly elected official from office. Convicted of only a misdemeanor, Griffin deserved to answer to the voters, not a Democratic judge.