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Cowboys for Trump leader ride into town

NEWBURGH – Couy Griffin saddled his horse “Red” on Wednesday and brought his “Ride Across America” in support of Donald Trump for president to Newburgh.

Griffin started his ride May 30 on the Boston “Freedom Trail” and on Saturday he rode Paul Revere’s trail from Lexington to Concord.

Griffin, who attended the January 6 riot at the Capitol in Washington DC, is not calling it an insurrection.

“If you really want to get to the heart of it, an insurrection is when you overthrow the government and replace it with another form of government. That was not what January 6 was about,” he said. “January 6 was just about people concerned about election integrity. That’s why I and so many others went to Washington DC, just to try to get our government to acknowledge that our elections had been compromised to some extent.”

Griffin said he was held in solitary confinement after Jan. 6 while awaiting trial as a “political prisoner” awaiting trial on trespassing charges for walking on the outdoor grounds of the Capitol.

He was convicted by a jury; his case remains on appeal.

Griffin acknowledged that there were “different groups of people doing different types of activities.” And he said it has been proven that there were troublemakers in the crowd, many with ties to the FBI.

“I would never defend anyone’s foolish actions on January 6,” he said.

Griffin, who rides his horse in a trailer from town to town, has Scranton, PA, President Biden’s hometown, as his next stop.

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