The Proud Boys Presented Dan Cox With a Gift. Now, He Says He Didn’t Keep It.
Dan Cox, the founder of the Proud Boys and a white nationalist who has been arrested for threatening violence, was presented with a handmade white nationalist flag – and now he says he doesn’t know what to make of it in light of his arrest.
Cox, who ran for vice president in 2016 and is now a fixture of right-wing media, told Newsweek on Wednesday that he decided to hold the flag in his hand and put it on a rack in his Washington, D.C., apartment after the news broke that he had been charged with making a terroristic threat because he allegedly called for Trump supporters to “shoot up the (expletive) town.”
“I was trying to be polite,” Cox said. “I didn’t want to incite a riot. I didn’t mean any harm. They were being completely reasonable. To me, it was a matter of decorum, and I put the flag on a rack and left. I put it on my bookshelf and left.”
“I didn’t keep it,” he added. “I didn’t find it funny one bit.”
“I didn’t keep it,” he said. “I don’t want a flag.”
In a statement to Newsweek, Cox said he made a mistake.
“I’ve never been so scared in my life,” Cox said. “After my arrest, I’ve been to two therapy sessions and have been sober for almost a year. I’ve been through a lot in a short amount of time. I’ve had some intense experiences.”
“I have some responsibility to those that I care about — my son, my daughters and my parents. At the time of the incident, there was a lot of emotion going on. I got in the car and went home. I hadn’t slept for a couple of nights. I was very distraught, but my wife made me go to the police. She said I was her hero. I’m a good guy and this was a bad thing