Rep. Herrell Tries to Distance Herself from Griffin in Cover of Night, Stays Silent on His Arrest in Public

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Rep. Herrell Tries to Distance Herself from Griffin in Cover of Night, Stays Silent on His Arrest in Public

Herrell Deletes Griffin Endorsement Video from her YouTube and Facebook Page Despite Refusing to Denounce His Actions Publicly 

In the almost 24 hours since one of her strongest backers, Couy Griffin, was arrested for his involvement in the January 6th U.S. Capitol riot that left one U.S. Capitol Police officer dead, Rep. Yvette Herrell has stayed silent, refusing to denounce the role he played in the violence earlier this month.  

Although Rep. Herrell refuses to publicly disavow Griffin, she has surreptitiously deleted posts from her Facebook page and YouTube channel that highlight his support, including the post in which she describes his endorsement as the one she is “most proud of,” indicating she understands the gravity of his actions.

January 17, 2021 screenshot of Yvette Herrell’s YouTube Channel showing Griffin endorsement video publicly available

January 18, 2021 screenshot of Yvette Herrell’s YouTube Channel showing Griffin endorsement video unavailable and has “been removed by the uploader”

August 7, 2020 screenshot of Yvette Herrell’s Facebook page highlighting Griffin’s endorsement as one that she “most proud of”

January 18, 2021 screenshot of Yvette Herrell’s Facebook page showing the post in which she declares Griffin’s endorsement as one she is the “most proud of” is no longer publicly available

May 20, 2020 screenshot of Yvette Herrell’s Facebook page highlighting Griffin endorsement video that is no longer publicly available

“This surreptitious reaction to Griffin’s arrest is the worst of politics.  Rep. Herrell knows Griffin’s actions are reprehensible and rather than do the right thing and denounce him immediately and unequivocally, she is trying to cover her tracks and delete social media posts hoping New Mexicans wouldn’t notice.  Rep. Herrell cannot be trusted to do what is right for New Mexicans or stand up for their values because she will always put herself before her constituents,” said DPNM Chair Marg Elliston. 

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