ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A video exhibits Maryland Republican Dan Cox, who’s working for governor, accepting a present from a younger man sporting a shirt with a Proud Boys insignia in the course of the candidate’s major victory celebration this summer season.
The video, obtained by The Washington Post, exhibits Cox accepting a comb from him.
“Here, this is a present from Maryland Proud Boys to you,” the younger man mentioned in video footage publicly posted on Cox’s Vimeo account.
Members of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, have been concerned in storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
After accepting the present, Cox requested the person’s title and shook his hand.
“Nice to meet you,” Cox mentioned, earlier than greeting different supporters.
The Washington Post studies the clip was eliminated after the newspaper contacted Cox’s marketing campaign, which responded with a press release denying an affiliation with the younger man.
“In the noise of the victory celebration, it was hard to hear what was being said,” Cox mentioned, including that he was shocked by the person handing him one thing and that “frankly, I did not even keep the comb.”
Cox added: “I had never seen him before, and I have not seen him since. I have no affiliation with anyone involved in violence on January 6th, period.”
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 mentioned he attended the “Stop the Steal” rally, he has mentioned he left earlier than the march to the Capitol.