Opinion: Couy Griffin Has Appealed a Ban from Public Office

Daniella Cressman

"A politician and President Donald Trump supporter who was removed from elected office and barred from ever serving again because of his role in the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, is attempting to appeal that decision to the New Mexico Supreme Court." —Morgan Lee (Associated Press)

Couy Griffin was the co-founder of Cowboys for Trump. He has adamantly voiced his support for Donald Trump over the years and entered a restricted area of the grounds of the Capitol without going inside the building on January 6, 2021.

As a result, he has been banned from public office, yet the man has continuously claimed that the only victim in this entire situation is himself—he has frequently stated that he was simply exercising his right to free speech on that day, which he feels is being threatened...

"The ruling against Griffin this month from a state District Court in Santa Fe was the first to remove or bar an elected official from office in connection with the attack on the U.S. Capitol building that disrupted Congress as it was trying to certify President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory. Griffin was previously convicted in federal court of a misdemeanor for entering the Capitol grounds Jan. 6 without going inside the building. He was sentenced to 14 days and given credit for time served. Griffin has invoked free speech guarantees in his defense and says his banishment from public office disenfranchises his political constituents in Otero County." —Morgan Lee (Associated Press)

Griffin has been barred from office as a result of his decision to engage in an insurrection.

"[Griffin] was barred from office under provisions of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which holds that anyone who has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution can be barred from office for engaging in insurrection or rebellion. The provisions were put in place shortly after the Civil War. A flurry of similar lawsuits around the country are seeking to use the provision to punish politicians who took part in the Jan. 6 riot." —Morgan Lee (Associated Press)

Even though he has chosen to appeal, Griffin should continue to be banned from office: his behavior is unacceptable.

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