Witness wears Descendents shirt at January 6 hearing, group responds


The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol held its seventh public hearing today (July 12). During the hearing, Jason Van Tatenhove, a former spokesperson for far-right band Oath Keepers, wore a Descendents t-shirt – and the band didn’t.

Photos and clips from the audience have gone viral on the internet throughout the day and show Van Tatenhove wearing the shirt, which specifically commemorates the punk rockers’ fifth studio album. Everything sucks.

“Bold move wearing a Descendents Everything sucks shirt at the 6 Jan hearing,” one user wrote on Twitter. They then made a parody of the band’s album Milo goes to college, wrote, “Milo is going to Congress”, and another user pointed out that he also sported a pin with the Deftones logo White pony.

The descendants, in turn, released a brief statement about it on their social media.

“We completely disavow groups like the Oath Keepers and in no way condone their hateful ideology,” they wrote.

The Oath Keepers are one of the militia groups responsible for the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in addition to the Proud Boys and the Three Percenters. According The hillVan Tatenhove became involved with the Oath Keepers in 2014. He basically became their publicist and social media manager for two years before leaving the group because he was not allowed to write about topics the frontman Stewart Rhodes disagreed. including expressing support for the 2015 Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage.

“I had these big intentions that I was going to write my best-selling novel, but what happened was I just became a propagandist for them,” Van Tatenhove told the Denver Post. “I failed this internal mission quite fantastically.”

He was called as a witness to testify at the hearing and “give some historical perspective on the band”, but claimed he had “served [his] the life of this world years ago.” [via NPR].

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