Couy Griffin, the founder of Cowboys for Trump, really put everything on the line for the twice-impeached one-term president, who is now under investigation for espionage. Griffin's participation in the 2022 Capitol riot not only cost him financially but now a New Mexico Judge ordered Griffin to be removed from his Otero County Commissioner office, effective immediately. The Judge ruled that the attack on the Capitol was an insurrection and that Griffin's participation in it disqualified him under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, according to CREW.
Following his arrest, he said, "there's going to be blood running out of that building" when he returned to Washington for Joe Biden's inauguration. But that didn't work out well for him.
This decision marks the first time since 1869 that a court has disqualified a public official under Section 3, and the first time that any court has ruled the events of January 6, 2021 an insurrection.
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, also known as the Disqualification Clause, bars any person from holding federal or state office who took an "oath…to support the Constitution of the United States" as an "officer of any State" and then "engaged in insurrection or rebellion" or gave "aid or comfort" to insurrectionists. Griffin, as an Otero County Commissioner since January 2019, took an oath to "support and uphold the Constitution and laws of the State of New Mexico, and the Constitution of the United States."
"This is a historic win for accountability for the January 6th insurrection and the efforts to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power in the United States. Protecting American democracy means ensuring those who violate their oaths to the Constitution are held responsible," said CREW President Noah Bookbinder. "This decision makes clear that any current or former public officials who took an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution and then participated in the January 6th insurrection can and will be removed and barred from government service for their actions."
The number keeps changing, but at least 910 people have been charged in the Capitol insurrection so far. And this Judge called it an insurrection, so one talking point MAGA Republicans use has just been debunked.