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ARIEL Pink is an indie musician who was recently spotted at the pro-Trump rally that devolved into riots at the Capitol building.
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Ariel Pink performs on stage at Electric Ballroom on March 3, 2015, in LondonCredit: Getty – Contributor
Who is Ariel Pink?
Ariel Marcus Rosenberg is an American musician, singer, and songwriter whose work draws heavily from 1970s–1980s pop radio.
He became popular among indie musicians in the early 2000s for his low-fi aesthetic and home-recorded music.
Ariel Pink was born Ariel Marcus RosenbergCredit: Marilyn Kingwill
Pink is cited as the “godfather” of the hypnagogic pop and chillwave movements and the majority of his catalog stems from a prolific eight-year period (1996–2003).
He was married to Lisa Daniels for three years between 2002 and 2005.
Was Ariel Pink at the Capitol?
Ariel draws from 80s pop influences in his music
Suspicions arose about Pink’s participation in the event after filmmaker Alex Lee Moyer posted a photo on Instagram from Washington, D.C.
The photo showed Pink and John Maus in a hotel room with the caption, “The day we almost died but instead had a great time.”
Pink has been outspoken about his support for Trump in recent years.
In an interview with the right-wing Wrong Opinion podcast, he claimed the president was keeping the country running.
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol Building in Washington, DCCredit: AFP or licensors
“I don’t see how things can go on [without him],” he said. “I think that Trump being in office right now is the only reason we’re up and running… We’ll never see another one like him [Trump].”
“The fact that [Hillary] Clinton didn’t win in 2016 was an act of divine intervention,” he continued.
What did Ariel Pink say about the Trump rally?
Many of Pink’s fans called him out on Twitter for attending the Trump rally.
“There’s photo and video documentation that you were at the event. whether you entered the building or not does not imply that u were not involved in the event,” the user wrote.
A man calls on people to raid the building as Trump supporters clash with police and security forcesCredit: AFP or licensors
“the instagram post referring to ur song expressed that u enjoyed today’s event and had fun along friends.”
Pink hit back at the fan and said that he was “peacefully” protesting.
“i was in D.C. to peacefully show my support for the president,” the indie rock singer said in a tweeted response.
“I attended the rally on the White House lawn and went back to the hotel and took a nap. Case closed.”
An electoral college vote count certification conducted by Congress was interrupted suddenly when backers of President Trump objecting to President-elect Biden’s victory breached Capitol security barriers.Credit: Alamy Live News
Who is John Maus and was he at the Trump rally?
Pink’s friend and fellow Trump-supporting musician John Maus has also taken fire for allegedly going to D.C.
“John is, by the way, 1001% on Team Trump now,” Pink confirmed Wrong Opinion podcast a few months prior.
Donald Trump tells the protestors to go home after they stormed the CapitolCredit: Twitter
An explosion caused by a police munitionCredit: Reuters
Maus is a fellow American musician, composer, singer, and songwriter.
He’s known for his baritone singing style and his use of vintage synthesizer sounds and Medieval church modes.
Maus has not directly commented since his appearance at the riot was revealed.
On January 7, he tweeted an encyclical published by the Vatican in 1939 condemning the rise of German nationalism.
Maus was involved in the Adult Swim series Million Dollar Extreme Presents World Peace before it was canceled in 2016 after creator Sam Hyde used alt-right memes in the program.
Congress staffers hold up their hands while Capitol Police Swat teams check everyone in the room as they secure the floor of Trump supportersCredit: AFP or licensors