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Ariel Pink Defends His Decision to 'Peacefully' Attend Pro-Trump Rally at White House

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Ariel Pink pictured on stage as he performs at Todays Festival 2018 in Turin, Italy.

After fans spotted a picture of indie lo-fi musicians Ariel Pink and John Maus in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Pink has confirmed and defended his attendance at a pro-Trump rally outside the White House.

Documentary filmmaker Alex Lee Moyer posted an Instagram picture of her with Pink and Maus lounging on a hotel bed with the caption "the day we almost died but instead had a great time." She also posted a video of Maus observing nearby crowds at the Capitol, where a score of Trump supporters stormed the building in violent efforts to overturn the election. The riot left four dead.

Pink clarified that he was not a part of the mob because "I don't and never have advocated for violent confrontation or rioting," according to his response to a screenshot of Moyer's highly criticized picture during his late-night Twitter response. "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 continued arguing past 2 a.m. that people attending such large gatherings during the ongoing pandemic "deserve whats coming to them" if they fail to socially distance themselves and wear face masks, while making a snide remark about the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer. "Proof that I stormed Congress. yeah I don't see it," he replied to one user's comments about his sighting. "Are u suggesting the congress building has a bed and breakfast we somehow got access to."

Pink joked about being "canceled" on his own Twitter account and drew comparisons to a panopticon, a circular prison where the cells are conveniently arranged for a centrally positioned guard to surveil every prisoner. "Welcome to the panoptigan. they wasted no time...save yourselves friends, cancel me now and turn me in before they come for you," he wrote. His follow-up tweet, "vote for trump," comes 14 days before Trump transitions out of office and President-elect Joe Biden takes over.

On the other hand, Maus mysteriously tweeted a link to a speech given by Pope Pius XI at the Vatican in 1937 without context.

Moyer, who made her Instagram account private shortly after the picture of the three made the rounds on social media, edited the caption on her now public account with additional commentary, concluding with, "Support John Maus and ARIEL PINK." She also clarified that she was in D.C. shooting a doc that she's been working on for months and has nothing to do with either musician. When asked how being near the Capitol was during the time of the riot, she replied, "super Normal and relaxed."

See Pink's tweets below.