New Mexico County Commissioner Barred for Jan. 6 Involvement

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The Facts

  • In a ruling on Tues., New Mexico State District Judge Francis Mathew removed Couy Griffin, Otero County Commissioner and co-founder of Cowboys for Trump, from office and prohibited him from ever holding public office again.

  • Mathew cited the Civil War-era Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits any officeholder who "engaged in insurrection or rebellion" from ever holding state or federal office again while issuing his decision.

The Spin

Democratic narrative

Griffin represents the worst among election deniers and right-wing conspiracy theorists, so it was easy for Mathew to take these actions. Hopefully, this ruling will turn the tide nationwide because too many Republicans have been let off the hook by the courts since Jan. 6.

Republican narrative

This is a double standard. If Griffin is an insurrectionist who violated the 14th Amendment, then so too are BLM rioters as well as those who protest outside Supreme Court justices' homes. Using it against Griffin while letting left-wing extremists off the hook is the ultimate hypocrisy.

Nerd narrative

There's a 28% chance that the Insurrection Act will be invoked before 2025, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Political split



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