Descendants react to former Oathkeeper wearing punk band t-shirt during January 6 hearings

The descendants took to social media on Tuesday (July 12) to publicly distance themselves from far-right extremist group the Oath Keepers after their name was dragged into speech around the January 6 committee hearings in Congress.

“We completely disavow groups like the Oath Keepers and in no way condone their hateful ideology,” the group wrote in a succinct statement on its official Twitter account.

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The tweet came in response to merch from California punk rockers spotted on Jason Van Tatenhove, the former spokesman for the Oath Keepers, as he testified before the House Select Committee on Tuesday afternoon.

“Am I hallucinating that this Oathkeeper testifying before Congress is wearing a Descendents t-shirt?” Just had hernia surgery so maybe it’s the painkillers,” author and podcast host Chris Gethard tweeted as he watched day seven of the insurgency hearings that took place. take place at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in an attempt to thwart the certification of electoral votes formalizing President Biden’s victory.

Wearing the Descendents shirt under a denim jacket, Van Tatenhove called the Oath Keepers a “violent militia” and warned the committee that he “feared[s] what the next election cycle will bring” should Donald Trump run for president again.

“I think we were extremely lucky there wasn’t more bloodshed because the potential was there from the start,” he said after taking an audible breath. “And we were very fortunate that the loss of life was – tragic as it was – that we saw on January 6 that the potential was so much more… Apart from the human impact, what else is [Trump] will do if he is re-elected? All bets are off at this time.

In May, Descendents helped launch Tony Hawk’s first-ever Weekend Jam headlining the new festival with Modest Mouse and Devo.

Read the Descendants Statement on Oath Keepers below.

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Elizabeth J. Harless