Musician Ariel Pink defends attending Trump rally but says he wasn’t part of mob

Indie musician Ariel Pink was tweeting overnight about attending Wednesday’s Trump rally in Washington, D.C., that resulted in an assault on the U.S. Capitol.

“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,” he tweeted Thursday, responding to a Twitter user who called him out over a picture that showed him at a hotel in the district.

The photo featured Pink, fellow indie musician John Maus and documentary filmmaker Alex Lee Moyer Jr., on whose Instagram the selfie of the three was posted. Moyer’s Instagram account has since been made private. The picture shows the three in a hotel room and was captioned, “the day we almost died but instead had a great time.”

Pink, born Ariel Marcus Rosenberg in Los Angeles, verified the photo was real, tweeting, “its true- i dont and never have advocated for violent confrontation or rioting. must be my boomer upbringing.” He also dismissed criticism about attending a rally during the pandemic as well as the idea that the photo was proof that he stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“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?,” he said in a couple of tweet replies. “proof that i stormed congress. yeah i dont see it. are u suggesting the congress building has a bed and breakfast we somehow got access to.”

The 42-year-old predicted that the social media mob would be coming for him and urged friends to “cancel” him before they got caught up in the drama.

“welcome to the panoptigan,” he tweeted, possibly meaning panopticon, which is a circular prison where all inmates can be observed from the center. “they wasted no time…save yourselves friends, cancel me now and turn me in before they come for you.”

The musician has been on the record as a supporter of the president, tweeting in October, “trump and his team are THE geniuses of our time.” He has also been sharing thoughts on election fraud in recent days, while making it clear he accepts that President-elect Joe Biden won the election.

“i dont refuse that biden won-He won-no argument there. Problem is–biden WON- which means its Game Over- dems are under a delusion that US will improve, rather than implode-if georgia goes blue- USA wont make it summer,” he tweeted Sunday, days before Democratic candidates won both Georgia Senate seats.

Around the end of 2020 and beginning of this year, Pink took part in a lengthy Twitter discussion where he took the conservative side of the argument, defending Trump’s pandemic response, criticizing media coverage and alleging fraud in the election via mail-in voting.

“the reason the left/mainstream media has made it virtually a crime for people to support him is due to his unprecedented success as US president,” he said in a series of tweets Dec. 30. “we swap out presidents and parties every 4-8 years. any decision made by one president may be undone by the next. thats why progress is slow and uneven. this is why our government is relatively small and ineffective- who wants government to have so much say in their life …”

The conversation continued over the course of days, with Pink tweeting Sunday, “how do i appear delusional? im not part of a lunatic fringe minority illuminati subsect of the republican party. id be willing to bet most people would agree this election was at least suspicious.”

Pink’s label did not respond Thursday to a request for further comment.

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