Musician Ariel Pink clarified his show of support for President Trump in Washington, DC on Wednesday, the same day protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol building, resulting in riots and at least five deaths.
Social media users began to criticize Pink, 42, after a photo appeared on Instagram that appeared to show him and musician John Maus, as well as filmmaker Alex Lee Moyer at a city hotel. .
Pink, a freelance artist, responded to the gossip by saying he was actually in Washington, DC, but instead of going to the Capitol, he stayed on the White House lawn.
“I was in dc to peacefully show my support for the president. I attended the rally on the White House lawn and returned to the hotel and took a nap. The case is closed,” a he replied to one of his supporters.
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When the same follower accused Pink of “putting others at risk by participating in such a massive rally” amid the coronavirus pandemic, the musician said attendees “deserved what came to them.”
“They took the risk knowing full well what might happen. The BLM protests over the past 6 months are not being told about the pandemic?” Pink responded.
As fans claimed to have photographic and video evidence from Moyer’s now-private Instagram account on Capitol Hill, Pink continued, “Proof that I stormed Congress. Yeah, I don’t see it. that the congress building has a bed and breakfast that we had access to “?
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Meanwhile, in an emailed statement to Pitchfork, Moyer claimed to have met with musicians in town to discuss a project unrelated to Wednesday’s events. She then “felt compelled to record what was happening” in Washington, DC as the events unfolded.
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A look at Pink’s Twitter account shows he has expressed support for Trump. On Thursday, the artist tweeted, “vote for Trump.” He also shared his position on Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
Congress certified the electoral college vote that gave Democrat Joe Biden his presidential victory on Thursday.
Of Biden’s impending presidency, Pink said he had come to the “sober realization that this is probably the worst possible scenario.”