“Cowboys For Trump” Founder Jailed In Isolation
Couy Griffin, founder of “Cowboys for Trump,” says the greatest honor of his life was to sit beside Donald Trump in the Oval Office during a Sept. 2019 visit to the White House. Griffin, who is a county commissioner in New Mexico, so believed that Trump was “the greatest president in American history” that he traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally.
Today, however, while Trump resides in the luxurious, safe confines of his Mar-a-Lago resort, Griffin is languishing in isolated confinement in a District of Columbia jail cell. Griffin was arrested by the FBI Jan. 17 when, after having returned to the city in advance of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, he approached a security checkpoint near the Capitol with loaded weapons in his vehicle. Since being locked up he has refused to confer with a lawyer, participate in any court proceedings or take a COVID-19 test. As a result he was placed in isolation.
On Friday a U.S. magistrate ordered that Griffin continue to be held in isolation as a precaution. “Simply taking a COVID-19 test, something hundreds of millions of people have safely done across the world, will allow the defendant to exit isolation,” Judge Zia M. Faruqui wrote. Faruqui also noted that if Griffin fails to appear for his next court appearance on Monday, Feb. 1, he may be hit with a contempt of court charge.
Griffin is one of hundreds of people who infiltrated the U.S. Capitol that day, even bragging to an Albuquerque, N.M., TV reporter on air that day during a phone call that he was on the steps of the Capitol, which was a restricted area. That admission was enough to earn him the initial federal charge. But then Griffin followed through with a plan, which he announced at a Jan. 14 Otero County Commission meeting, that he planned to return to the nation’s capital armed.
“I’m gonna take a stand for our country and for our freedoms,” Griffin said during the meeting. “I’m gonna leave either tonight or tomorrow. I’ve got a .357 Henry Big Boy rifle lever action that I’ve got in the trunk of my car and I’ve got a .357 single action revolver, the Colt Ruger Vaquero that I’ll have underneath the front seat on my right side and I will embrace my Second Amendment,” he said.
The state’s attorney general and numerous elected officials have called for Griffin to resign.