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Commentary: Commissioner Couy Griffin Has A Long History of Violent Speech Against Democrats

May 20, 2020

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Commentary: Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin on Sunday claimed that “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat” during an event in Truth or Consequences. His comments have been widely condemned by elected officials, candidates, and political groups, who have called on him to apologize and resign. GOP leaders, however, have remained silent on the incident. 

Commissioner Griffin is resisting calls for his resignation, but this threatening language is the latest in a long history of violent political speech. 

“Commissioner Couy Griffin has repeatedly called for violence, civil war, or execution as a response to the actions of Democratic leaders” said DPNM Chair Marg Elliston. “His recent comments are another step in a long pattern of disturbing behavior. This kind of violent rhetoric has no place in New Mexico’s political conversation, and the New Mexico GOP should not hesitate to join us in directly condemning his calls for violence.” 

BACKGROUND ON OTERO COUNTY COMMISSIONER COUY GRIFFIN’S HISTORY OF INCITING POLITICAL VIOLENCE: 

GRIFFIN HAS REPEATEDLY ENCOURAGED HANGING OR EXECUTION FOR “TRAITORS” SUCH AS DEMOCRATIC LEADERS AND POLITICIANS

Griffin: “I Don’t Care If You Are A Governor, You Can Still Swing At The End Of A Rope.” If there’s political leaders such as governors...y’all better start paying real close attention, because we’re moving to you. And you better make sure that you haven’t been doing anything where you would be guilty of the charge of treason, because I don’t care if you are a governor, you can still swing at the end of a rope.” 4/20/20

Griffin Continued To Call For The Death Penalty For “Treasonous” Politicians Who Are Undermining The President. “If we have political leaders in our country today... that are guilty of treason, which is to directly undermine the United States of America...such things like the Mueller Report… all this fake stuff that was constructed to try to destroy our president and in turn bring our nation down in my opinion is treason in its truest form. Treason is punishable by death.” 4/20/20

Griffin Said Democrats Are Guilty Of Treason, Which He Referred To As “A Hanging Offense.” “They’re gonna milk this coronavirus deal as long as they possibly can...Maybe they’re doing it because some of them might be guilty of treason, and treasons a hanging offense. I don’t know why they’re doing it, but they’re doing it, and we can’t let them win. We’ve gotta fight back; we’ve gotta push back.” 4/26/20

Griffin On Twitter: “There Will Come A Day When Politics Won’t Be Able To Hide Treasonous Acts. Hang Em High Mr. President!” 5/10/20

GRIFFIN HAS SPOKEN ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF CIVIL WAR AND THE NEED FOR POSSES AND MILITIAS IN ORDER TO ADDRESS POLITICAL CONFLICTS

Griffin Called On NM County Sheriffs To “Hold The Line” Against Red Flag Laws And Volunteered Himself And Others For Any “Posses” That Were Necessary For Upcoming “Battles.” “Draw the hard line, hold it, God bless you. And if you need any patriots all you gotta to do is call and we’ll come running. We’ll sign up for whatever posses you want us to sign up for. We’ll stand in any battles that you want to lead us into...We will stand with you. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with you through any battle that you choose to lead us into.” 5/8/20

Griffin Told State Police Officers Governor Lujan Grisham Not To “Start A War” By Enforcing Stay At Home Orders. “I ask you state police officers - I hope you watch this video; I hope it’s shared with the governor - don’t start a war. Don’t come out and think you’re gong to shut businesses down...because if you do, I’d be willing to bet the rent that Sheriff Tony Mace and his deputies are going to make sure that doesn’t happen.” 4/26/20

Griffin Called For Formation Of “An Army” Through NM Fish And Game Email Lists. “If a man wants to put an army together, that’s where you would put it together at, through all of our hunters. Y’all are the guys that can protect our borders and get our Country back. That's why that email list is so critical. That’s why it doesnt need to get in the hands of some globalist.” 3/28/20

Griffin Called For A “Sheriff’s Posse” To Push Back Against New Mexico State Police. “Don’t allow the state police to operate inside of your county unconstitutionally. And if y’all don’t have enough deputies to get the job done, call on us, because there’s a lot of us ready. Form a sheriff’s posse. We’re ready. I’d rather push back now than later.” 5/3/20

GRIFFIN HAS USED THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC TO ENCOURAGE FURTHER POLITICAL VIOLENCE AND CONFLICT

Griffin Claimed That Violence And Looting Was Coming As A Consequence Of COVID-19. “As we see our nation sit at rest I believe that we could see a huge unrest in our nation soon. My biggest fear is rioting and looting in our big cities. If it does, that could be much more of a threat than the coronavirus.” 3/31/20

Griffin Promoted A Possible Civil War Between Mask Wearers And Non-mask Wearers. “It might be a lead up to a civil war and if we do have a civil war over this, maybe that’s gonna be the uniforms. Maybe one of the uniforms will have masks on and the other ones won’t.” 5/3/20

Griffin Promoted on Facebook a Potential Civil War Between the NM State Police And County Sheriffs. “This “pandemic” could lead us to a civil war! We must stand behind our County Sheriffs and guard our Constitution at any cost! The State Police and his administration are appointed. Our County Sheriffs are elected. Our Founding Fathers were brilliant visionaries! They gave us a threshold to stand on. It is time to stand!” 4/30/20

Griffin Said On Twitter That Conflict Over Stay At Home Orders “Can End Peaceful Or Stronger Stands Can Be Taken.” Please pray for our County Sheriffs. They are needed to stand strong in their oath to the Constitution. This can end peaceful or stronger stands can be taken. But America cannot nor will not allow our Constitution to be taken from us. And our Sheriffs are still “LawOfTheLand” 4/30/20