‘There’s gonna be blood running out of that building’: Cowboys for Trump founder threatens violence
Nicole Silverio, DCNF
The founder of Cowboys For Trump threatened there could be violence during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration before he was arrested for breaking into the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots, according to federal prosecutors.
Couy Griffin, an Otero County commissioner who founded Cowboys For Trump, uploaded a video to the organization’s page following the riots in which he said he would return to the Capitol during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration to place an American flag on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk, according to his arrest affidavit. The videos were removed from Facebook but the federal agents have access to them for investigation purposes.
“You want to say that was a mob? You want to say that was violence? No sir. No ma’am,” Griffin said in one of the removed videos, according to the affidavit.
“No we could have a Second Amendment rally on those same steps that we had that rally yesterday. You know, and if we do, then it’s gonna be a sad day, because there’s gonna be blood running out of that building. But at the end of the day, you mark my word, we will plant our flag on the desk of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Donald J. Trump if it boils down to it,” Griffin allegedly said in the video.
The FBI arrested Griffin Sunday for allegedly “entering or remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority” after allegedly trespassing the west side patio, according to a federal criminal complaint.
Griffin and a Cowboys For Trump videographer allegedly led the crowd of rioters in prayer with his bullhorn at the Capitol, according to a Metropolitan Police detective.
Inside Edition interviewed Griffin asking about his comments regarding bloodshed in the Capitol on the day of inauguration. “I am more afraid of losing my freedom than anything. We are not going to allow it. There will never be a Biden presidency,” said Griffin.
Griffin allegedly told the special agents that he plans to return to Washington, D.C. Jan. 20 but hopes the protests will remain peaceful.
The affidavit said that Griffin spoke of his involvement at an Otero County council meeting Jan. 14 and mentioned his plans to return to D.C. with his weapon. “I’ve got a .357 Henry big boy rifle…that I got in the trunk of my car, and I’ve got a .357 single action revolver…that I will have underneath the front seat on my right side,” Griffin allegedly said.
According to the affidavit, Griffin told special agents in an interview about his role in the riots learning that he had traveled to Washington, D.C. from New Mexico with Matt Struck, who runs the Cowboys For Trump’s media. He further claimed that he and Struck remained peaceful, getting “caught up in the crowd, which pushed its way through the barricades and entered the restricted area.”
Struck told agents that they had no intent on causing harm but may have committed minor trespassing crimes, according to the affidavit. Struck provided the agents with a video that he took while on the patio.
“It is a great day for America! The people are showing that they’ve had enough. People are ready for fair and equal elections, or this is what you are going to get, you are going to get more of it,” Griffin said in the video.