Cowboys for Trump founder lashes out at Trump in conference speech over riot charges on Capitol Hill

Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin, who faces charges in connection with the U.S. Capitol Riot, turned on the former president in a conference speech for abandoning the Jan.6 rioters and n ‘have failed to keep a campaign promise.

Griffin faces felony misdemeanor charges in the Capitol Uprising on Jan.6, where he was seen attempting to lead a crowd of praying rioters onto an outdoor patio. He supports Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, but denies knowingly entering narrow grounds to disrupt Congress certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

“We also supported President Trump because of his fight for justice. And for four years we have been screaming, ‘Lock her up. Lock her up. Lock her up. ‘ We know she is a criminal. What did the president tell us? ‘If I was responsible for the law you would be in jail,’ Griffin said Sunday at a QAnon conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Mr. President, you have been responsible for justice for four years,” he added. “At the end of your four-year term, the only ones locked up were men like me, and others like me, who supported the strongest president.”

A cowboy hat is waved as people await the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump for his campaign event at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport November 1, 2020 in Opa Locka, Florida.
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In 2019, Griffin led a group of rodeo associates to form Cowboys for Trump, who held parades to show their support for the Trump administration.

Griffin last month foiled efforts to recall him as county commissioner in southern New Mexico. Under state rules, a recall petition requires a number of signatures equal to 33.3% of the turnout in the last election, and the petition did not obtain the required number of signatures for holding a special election.

A crowd of Trump supporters, emboldened by baseless allegations of stolen elections, stormed the House and Senate chambers on January 6 to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s electoral victory.

Trump released a video Jan. 7 expressly condemning the rioters. “Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness and chaos,” he said, adding that the crowd had “defiled the seat of American democracy”.

More than 680 people have been charged in the insurgency so far and some have argued in court documents that they were only following the former president’s directives.

In his legal defense, Capitol Rioter Emanuel Jackson, a Washington-area man, cited Trump’s remarks at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington DC, which preceded the riot.

“Fight like hell. We can’t take it anymore,” said the former president, while encouraging his supporters to march to Capitol Hill.

News week has contacted Trump officials for comment.

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