Dan Cox says as Maryland governor he would use state police against Biden


Republican Maryland gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox on Tuesday called the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s residence “criminal” and said if elected he would use full force of force. government – including the state police and the Maryland National Guard – to oppose President Biden.

“As Governor, I will use the 9th and 10th Amendments, the Maryland Constitution and Bill of Rights, MSP and the Maryland Guard to oppose all rogue actions by this tyrannical out-of-control Biden administration with a fierce tenacity,” Cox (R-Frederick) said in a fundraising email to supporters, describing the government’s actions as “nothing less than communist stasi police state tactics.” “Our children, our families and loved ones and the freedom we cherish and which is our birthright as Americans demand that we stand up against these criminal acts of the current administration.”

Cox, who was endorsed by Trump, won the Republican gubernatorial primary last month against Kelly Schulz, a protege of term-limited Gov. Larry Hogan (R), in what was seen as a proxy war between dissenting opinions of Trump and Hogan for the Republican. The future of the party.

Cox, an attorney and one-term state delegate, fought long and hard against Biden’s 2020 victory. On the day of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Cox called then-Vice President Mike Pence of “traitor” on social media, but later apologized for his choice of words.

In his email Tuesday, Cox accused Biden, Vice President Harris, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland of “using their offices for their own political weaponization against Republicans” and against Trump. , whom he described as “our greatest president of the United States.”

Late Monday, the FBI searched a safe at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, reportedly as part of an investigation into the potential mishandling of classified documents. Many Trump supporters denounced the search, calling it an abuse of power and calling for a Justice Department investigation.

White House officials said Tuesday afternoon that Biden was unaware that a warrant had been issued for the search.

Cox’s response contrasts with that of Hogan, a prominent GOP critic of Trump, who on Tuesday afternoon implored the Biden administration to document how the search was authorized. “Even before yesterday’s events at Mar-a-Lago, America was already dangerously divided,” Hogan said in a statement.

“These are unprecedented circumstances that demand unprecedented transparency and accountability from our government institutions. The American people deserve to know all the facts as soon as possible, and I call on the Biden administration to release – at a minimum – the documents authorizing the FBI research.

Failing to “provide overwhelming evidence that action was absolutely necessary,” Hogan warned, will further undermine Americans’ faith in democracy.

Hogan, as he weighs a possible presidential bid, has sought to woo disgruntled Republicans with his brand of pragmatic conservatism which he likens to President Ronald Reagan’s approach.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) – who presents himself as a moderate while throwing red meat at the Trump base of the Republican Party – also weighed in on the search at Mar-a-Lago, posting a right-wing take that called it a “stunning move”.

“This same DOJ labeled Loudoun County parents terrorists and failed to enforce federal law to protect the judges in their homes. Selective and politically motivated actions have no place in our democracy,” Youngkin said. posted on his personal Twitter account, citing two other topics that appeal to conservatives beyond Virginia. The first was the Biden administration’s effort last year to investigate reports of threats and harassment at school board meetings in Loudoun and other parts of the country after a letter from the National School Boards Association called the incidents “domestic terrorism.”

Youngkin also referenced protests earlier this year outside the Northern Virginia homes of U.S. Supreme Court justices when a draft ruling overturning Roe vs. Wade disclosed to the public. At the time, Youngkin was criticized by some conservatives for not deploying state police to arrest protesters, but the governor said the state had no power to intervene and called on authorities. federal.

In Maryland, Cox’s victory exposed divisions within the state’s GOP.

In the past two election cycles, voters have embraced Hogan at the polls, but Cox, with his views aligned with Trump, faces a tough campaign to become Maryland’s next governor. Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1 in the state, which votes deeply blue in presidential elections, but in recent cycles it has swung between parties in gubernatorial races.

Maryland Democrats were quick to pounce on Cox’s comments, calling them proof he’s not ready to lead the state.

“The people of Maryland want an accountable leader who is focused on issues that affect local families and communities, but Dan Cox blindly places loyalty to Donald Trump and his nefarious MAGA agenda above all else,” the doorman said. -Maryland Democratic Party spokesman Ernest Bailey in a statement. “He has repeatedly shown that in times of crisis he will seek to inflame tensions and fuel partisan divisions. It does nothing to solve the problems facing working families and it is bad for Maryland.

Gregory S. Schneider in Richmond contributed to this report.

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