Couy Griffin is a white man from New Mexico, United States. He is a pastor, a Republican and the son of a former commissioner in Catron County, New Mexico.
A Donald Trump supporter, Griffin founded Cowboys for Trump and listed his sister Kay Griffin as its organizer. Here are 13 more things about Couy:
- In 1999, he graduated from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in business. (a)
- From 2000 to 2005, he worked at a Wild West show in Paris, France. (a)
- In 2006, he moved to Alamogordo, Otero County, New Mexico and served as a pastor of the New Heart Church in Alamogordo. From 2006 to 2007, he embarked on a series of horseback rides across the U.S. (a) At the time, he publicized his tours as a street preacher through a horse named Daisy and a miniature mule called Black Jack. (b)
- In 2008, he took an extensive horseback ride from Ireland down to Greece and to Jerusalem, Israel. (a)
- In 2014, his wife gave birth to their son. (a)
- While operating the Hitch-n-Post barbecue restaurant in Otero County, he successfully ran against his Democrat opponent Christopher Jones for the District 2 Otero County Commission seat in the general election in November 2018, which marked his first run for public office. (a)
- He was featured in a “Tucker Carlson Tonight” episode, which was aired on April 29, 2019. In September 2019, he traveled through a horseback ride along with several men from Cumberland, Maryland, USA to the White House in Washington, D.C., USA where he met Trump. (b)
- In 2020, Otero County’s Democratic Party chairman Jeff Swanson filed a lawsuit against him, accusing him of violating open-records laws after posting public records on his Facebook page then blocking residents he did not like. (b)
- On January 6, 2021, Trump’s supporters breached the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election. On the same day, he posted a video to Cowboys for Trump’s Facebook page, in which he said he “climbed up on the top of the Capitol building,” he had “a first row seat” and he intended to return to the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021, which is Biden’s inauguration day. (c)
- On January 11, 2021, Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents interviewed him about his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. He told them he travelled to Washington, D.C. that day with Cowboys for Trump media staff member Matt Struck. He said neither he nor Struck entered the U.S. Capitol building at any time. (c)
- He talked about his actions on January 6, 2021 for 17 minutes during a council meeting in Otero County on January 14, 2021. He revealed to the council his plans to go to Washington, D.C. either that day or on January 15, 2021, bring firearms with him and protest Biden’s inauguration on January 20, 2021. (c)
- A criminal complaint filed against him by a detective from the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia was assigned to U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui on January 15, 2021. He was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. (c)
- On January 17, 2021, he was arrested in Washington, D.C. and was detained by the U.S. Capitol Police until the FBI took him into custody .
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