The head of Cowboys for Trump says a good Democrat is a dead one.
By: Will Sommer (The Daily Beast)
The head of Cowboys for Trump says a good Democrat is a dead one. And protesters in Kentucky hanged the governor in effigy.
As the head of Cowboys for Trump, Couy Griffin has led pro-Trump horse rides through Washington, D.C., and posed for a photo in the White House with Donald Trump. He's a superfan of the president and on May 17, he made the case that Democrats should die.
"I've come to a place where I've come to a conclusion where the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat," Griffin said to cheers at a rally at a New Mexico church. He was there to defy a public safety order pertaining to the coronavirus.
Griffin, a county commissioner in the state, hastily added that he only meant Democrats who were dead in "the political sense"—an effort at cleanup he repeated in an interview with The Daily Beast on Tuesday.
"I could've chosen a different verbiage, you know. I guess I need to be more careful when I choose the words that I speak," Griffin said. "But you know, it's just so hypocritical of the left how they're blowing this up, like I'm some hate-speech murderer."
But in the interview, Griffin also repeated his claim that "the only good Democrat is a dead one" and signaled that he still thinks some top Democrats—such as governors Ralph Northam (D-VA) and Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI)—could be guilty of treason and the punishment that comes with it.
"You get to pick your poison: you either go before a firing squad, or you get the end of the rope," Griffin said.
Asked by The Daily Beast about whether anti-lockdown protesters are increasingly considering violence, he didn't hesitate in his reply.
"I'll tell you what, partner, as far as I'm concerned, there's not an option that's not on the table," Griffin said.
Envisioning a scenario in which one's political opponents are hurt or dead is about as dark a turn as there can be for political discourse.