In the midst of all the horrific stuff going on this past weekend, Donald Trump tweeted "The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization," which is something he threatened to do last year. (In case it isn't obvious, ANTIFA is not only not an organization, it is short for "anti-fascist," which means the President of the United States of America continues to assert that he is anti-anti-fascist...)
That is unfortunately not surprising, but in a weird turn of events, a tweet from a now-suspended Twitter account suggested that Aaron Dessner of The National is "an Antifa organizer paying people to riot" who "needs to be arrested NOW!!," and encouraged others to retweet. Aaron Dessner does kind of look like the man in question, but it is not him, and just in case you needed the assurance that he has been misidentified, he posted a statement saying so, in which he also added that "I do FULLY support peaceful protests and activism against endemic racism and racially motivated violence in this country." It reads in full:
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. This morning I've woken up to the unpleasant and surprising news that I've been misindentified by some social media users as someone seen encouraging rioting in Columbus, Ohio -- I am not the person some are suggesting I am. Nor have I been in Ohio since June 2019. However I do FULLY support peaceful protests and activism against endemic racism and racially motivated violence in this country, which somehow continues generation after generation after generation. Like so many, I'm hoping for peaceful resolution and actual progress addressing these persistent issues in our society.
This is the video of the actual man in question that has been making the rounds on social media: