Video Reveals Maryland Candidate Accepting Reward From Proud Boy

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A video exhibits Maryland Republican Dan Cox, who’s operating for governor, accepting a present from a younger man sporting a shirt with a Proud Boys insignia through the candidate’s main victory get together this summer time.

The video, obtained by The Washington Post, exhibits Cox accepting a comb from him.

“Here, it is a current from Maryland Proud Boys to you,” the younger man stated in video footage publicly posted on Cox’s Vimeo account.

Members of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, had been concerned in storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

After accepting the reward, Cox requested the person’s identify and shook his hand.

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“Nice to satisfy you,” Cox stated, earlier than greeting different supporters.

The Washington Post reviews the clip was eliminated after the newspaper contacted Cox’s marketing campaign, which responded with an announcement denying an affiliation with the younger man.

“In the noise of the victory celebration, it was laborious to listen to what was being stated,” Cox stated, including that he was stunned by the person handing him one thing and that “frankly, I didn’t even hold the comb.”

Cox added: “I had by no means seen him earlier than, and I’ve not seen him since. I’ve no affiliation with anybody concerned in violence on January sixth, interval.”

Cox has reiterated false claims that the 2020 presidential election “was stolen” from Donald Trump, and he volunteered to assist decertify leads to Pennsylvania. He has additionally issued denials and apologies about his conduct surrounding Jan. 6. Although he stated he attended the “Stop the Steal” rally, he has stated he left earlier than the march to the Capitol.

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