MARYLAND — Last night, Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox was interviewed by Fox News Radio political analyst Hassan Giordano on his Political Regulators podcast and attempted to cover up his record, much as he did when he deleted his 1,000+ post history on the haven for white supremacists called Gab.
Cox’s most notable attempt to mislead was his assertion that he “had no role” in the January 6th insurrection. Not only was Cox complicit in spreading the lie that fueled the insurrection over the course of months but he promoted his “co-hosting two buses to the Million MAGA March/Rally with the Frederick County Conservative Club in support of President Trump @realDonaldTrump on January 6, 2021 to #StoptheSteal.” Unlike his January 6th tweet denouncing then-Vice President Mike Pence as a traitor as demonstrators were breaking windows and forcing their way into the U.S. Capitol, this admission from Cox has yet to be deleted.
Cox also joined in the effort to minimize the severity of the events of January 6th, which led to several deaths and injuries to about 150 police officers and was an attempt to block the peaceful transfer of power for the first time in United States history. Reminiscent of the comparison of the insurrection to a “normal tourist visit,” Cox said the crowd at the riot was “a majority, maybe 90% looked like grannies and grandpas; honestly, voters that were probably 60 and up.” Cox, the conspiracy enthusiast who previously claimed the crowd was “Antifa infiltrators and agitators with a few Trump supporters thrown in,” added that “apparently there were some bad hombres or whatever as Trump might say.”
Cox also maintained that he doesn’t know what “QAnon” means, offering an alternate conspiracy theory that alleged that the association was brought about because “I was not a party man like people want you to be.” Cox offered no explanation for his tweet with the QAnon slogan “WWG1WGA.” On the day of his tweet, a CATO Institute fellow called attention to Cox’s use of a hashtag “associated … with the QAnon madness,” and the best Cox could muster was to accuse him of having a “hatred for all things American.”
“Dan Cox’s latest attempt to hide his well-established record is an insult to all Maryland voters,” said Maryland Democratic Party spokesperson Ernest Bailey. “His shameful role in helping to stoke the insurrection will always define him and his efforts to rewrite history on January 6th and his affiliation with QAnon will not fool anyone.”