Yesterday’s storming of the Capitol building brought out a whole lot of die-hard Trump supporters from across America, as well as a few famous indie musicians.
Both Ariel Pink and John Maus were spotted amongst the crowds that forced their way inside the House chambers on Wednesday to support Donald Trump’s challenge to the 2020 election results. A picture of both artists at a D.C. hotel was posted to the private Instagram account of director Alex Lee Moyer and additional footage of the pair outside amongst the mobs also surfaced on social media. Moyer, who describes herself as a “red pilled” incel-supporting filmmaker, posted a photo of Pink and Maus reclining on a hotel bed with the caption, “the day we almost died but instead had a great time.”
On Thursday morning, Pink confirmed his involvement with the protests. Responding to a follower who tweeted that “it’s crazy how indie artists claim to follow this alternative lifestyle, yet express such traditional and archaic views,” he wrote, “its true- i dont and never have advocated for violent confrontation or rioting. must be my boomer upbringing.” When the Twitter user replied that there is photo and video proof of his involvement, he added, “i was in dc to peacefully show my support for the president. i attended the rally on the white house lawn and went back to hotel and took a nap. case closed.”
When a commenter brought up the fact that there’s also still an ongoing pandemic that makes these types of large, mask-less gatherings particularly dangerous, the singer replied, “all the people at these events deserve whats coming to them. they took the risk knowing full well what might happen. BLM protests over the past 6 months are not informed about the pandemic?” Pink ultimately concluded this defense of his involvement by simply tweeting, “vote for trump,” something he probably should have tweeted before November 3.
Maus has yet to directly comment on his own apparent involvement in the protest, although he did post a link on Twitter to an encyclical published by the Vatican in the ’30s condemning Nazism. When asked “if ariel pink has you locked in a hotel room in DC forcing you to do meth with him and read vatican sermons from nazi germany, reply with an emoji so we know to send help,” the musician cryptically responded with a photograph of Saint Edith Stein, one of six copatron saints of Europe.
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