Responding to criticism on Twitter, Pink confirmed he attended the rally but said that he didn’t storm the Capitol, writing: “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.”
Maus hasn’t directly responded to the backlash, instead posting a cryptic quote from a 1937 encyclical from Pope Pius XI condemning Nazism.
“Welcome to the panoptigan,” Pink tweeted, possibly meaning panopticon – a circular prison where all inmates can be observed from the centre. “They wasted no time... save yourselves friends, cancel me now and turn me in before they come for you.”
This isn’t surprising behaviour from Pink, whose Twitter is a cesspit of YouTube conspiracies, pandemic disinformation, and regular ‘vote for Trump’ posts. In October, he tweeted that “Trump are his team are THE geniuses of our time” and once toldThe New Yorker that “everybody’s a victim, except for small, white, nice guys who just want to make their moms proud and touch some boobies”.
In December, Pink appeared on an alt-right podcast called Wrong Opinion, where he said: ”John is a thousand and one percent on Team Trump.“
Regardless of whether Maus denies supporting Trump and white supremacy, the point is this: he stood alongside the rioters instead of actively standing against them, with his friend who frequents white nationalist podcasts and speaks openly about his support of the president – a figure who has more or less incited mass violence this week, and been mealymouthed in his forced condemnation. Those reasons alone are inexcuseable.