Musician Ariel Pink clarified his support for President Trump in Washington, DC on Wednesday. Protesters rushed into the U.S. Capitol that day, causing riots and at least five people died.
Social media users began to criticize the 42-year-old Pink after a photo appeared on Instagram that appeared to show him in a hotel in the city with musician John Maus and filmmaker Alex Lee Moyer.
The independent artist Pink responded that he was actually in Washington, DC, but instead of going to the Capitol, he stayed on the White House lawn.
“I was in Washington, D.C., expressing peaceful support for the president. I attended a rally on the lawn of the White House and went back to the hotel to take a nap. The case was closed.”
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When the same follower accused Pinker of “putting others at risk in such a large gathering” during the coronavirus pandemic, the musician said the participants “deserved their help”.
“They took the risk and fully understood what would happen. Haven’t the BLM protests in the past six months been informed of the pandemic?” Pink responded.
After fans claimed to have Moyer’s photo and video evidence from the private office of the Capitol, Pink continued: “Prove that I swept Congress. Yes, I didn’t see it. You are implying that there is a bed in the Capitol. And breakfast, we can use it somehow”?
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At the same time, in a statement emailed to Pitchfork, Moyer claimed to have met with musicians in the city to discuss projects unrelated to Wednesday’s events. Later, with the dissolution of the incident, she “has an obligation to record everything that happened.”
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Looking at Pink’s Twitter account, he has been expressing support for Trump. On Thursday, the artist posted a tweet, “Vote for Trump.” He also expressed his position on Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
Congress passed the Electoral College vote, which enabled Democratic President Joe Biden to win the presidential election on Thursday.
Regarding Biden’s incoming president, Pinker said that he has “consciously realized that this may be the worst situation.”