The National guitarist Aaron Dessner has denied accusations that he is an Antifa activist who helped incite and organize riots in Ohio amid protests against the death of George Floyd in police custody.
Dessner was responding to a tweet posted on some right-wing Twitter accounts, which said, “Meet Aaron Dressner, he’s an Antifa organizer paying people to riot!! He needs to be arrested NOW!”
Thousands of followers have retweeted the post from the alt-right account.
“I’m very fortunate and grateful to wake up every morning in the rural countryside I live in, looking at farmland and these beautiful mountains. I’ve been here for three months now isolating with my wife and young children,” the guitarist and songwriter wrote on his Twitter page.
“This morning I’ve woken up to the unpleasant and surprising news that I’ve been misidentified by some social media users as someone seen encouraging rioting in Columbus, Ohio. I am not the person some are suggesting I am and I would never support violence of any kind.
Nor have I been in Ohio since June 2019,” he added.
President Donald Trump has accused Antifa of instigating violence and said he will designate the militant far-left, anti-fascist movement as a terrorist organization.
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