Cowboys for Trump Founder Couy Griffin bragged yesterday that his organization removed gypsum sand from White Sands National Monument for a publicity stunt at the Congressional Tree Lighting in Washington, DC.
Griffin admitted to taking four “big plastic bins” of sand from the monument, a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a $5,000 fine or up to 6 months in jail. When asked who or what agency had given him permission, Griffin refused to explain.
This isn’t the first time that Couy Griffin has disregarded the law and left New Mexicans to pay the price. In October, Griffin was investigated for illegally using county funds for political purposes after it was revealed that his taxpayer-funded travel was costing Otero County thousands of additional dollars.
“Cowboys for Trump and Couy Griffin are prioritizing a publicity stunt over the wellbeing of one of New Mexico’s most incredible natural areas,” said DPNM Communications Director Miranda van Dijk. “By stealing from a National Monument, they’re disrespecting the law and damaging efforts to preserve White Sands for future generations of New Mexicans. They must be held accountable for these destructive actions.”