Legendary punk act Descendents obtained some publicity they didn’t discount for when a former spokesperson for the Oath Keepers wore the band’s iconic shirt to a January sixth committee listening to on Tuesday (July twelfth). The band subsequently disavowed the extremist group in a social media publish.
Jason Van Tatenhove as soon as served because the nationwide spokesperson for the Oath Keepers however disassociated himself from the group lengthy earlier than the January sixth assault on the US Capitol in 2021. As Yahoo! Information studies, he was basically testifying in opposition to the Oath Keepers on Tuesday, telling the committee, “We’ve gotten exceedingly fortunate that extra bloodshed didn’t occur, as a result of the potential has been there from the beginning.”
Van Tatenhove added, “They might not wish to name themselves a militia, however they’re, they’re a violent militia. The very best illustration for what the Oath Keepers are occurred January sixth, after we noticed that stacked army formation going up the steps of our Capitol. I noticed radicalization … because the member base and who it was that [Oath Keepers founder] Stewart Rhodes was courting drifted additional and additional white, into the alt-right, into white nationalists and even straight-up racists.”
He continued, “In my view, the Oath Keepers are a really harmful group.”
Van Tatenhove additionally warned in opposition to electing Donald Trump as president once more, ought to he run in 2024, saying, “A president who’s keen to attempt to instill … a civil struggle amongst his followers … What else is he going to do if he will get elected once more?”
Nonetheless, Van Tatenhove’s one-time affiliation with the Oath Keepers didn’t do Descendents any favors when he walked into the listening to on the Capitol sporting a denim jacket and a black T-shirt with the band’s title and its well-known “Milo” brand.
On Twitter, Descendents issued the next assertion: “We utterly disavow teams just like the Oath Keepers and on no account condone their hateful ideology.”
It’s not the primary time the Oath Keepers have crossed paths with a distinguished music act. Jon Schaffer, guitarist for veteran steel act Iced Earth, is an Oath Keeper who was instantly concerned within the assault on the Capitol. Final 12 months, he pleaded responsible to a number of costs stemming from his function in storming the federal government constructing, and is going through 3.5 to 4.5 years in jail.
On the music entrance, Descendents have a smattering of US dates developing starting in late August with a few gigs alongside the Circle Jerks. Choose up tickets to Descendents’ upcoming exhibits right here.
See Jason Van Tatenhove ship his testimony under, adopted by Descendents’ assertion on the matter.
‘A president who’s keen to attempt to instill … a civil struggle amongst his followers … What else is he going to do if he will get elected once more?’
Former Oath Keeper Jason Van Tatenhove shared his considerations over future elections if these concerned in Jan 6 will not be held accountable. pic.twitter.com/w85YzKdfmd
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We utterly disavow teams just like the Oath Keepers and on no account condone their hateful ideology.
— DESCENDENTS (@descendents) July 12, 2022