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The National's Aaron Dessner responds to being accused of organising riots

The National guitarist Aaron Dessner has responded to the somewhat bizarre accusation that he organised a number of the riots in Ohio that have cropped up in the last few days in retaliation the tragic murder of George Floyd.

Right-wing Twitter accounts had miss identified a man in a video seemingly paying rioters as being Dessner which, of course, it wasn’t. The National man responded to the accusations against him as being a member of Antifa on Sunday evening.

Dessner said: “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.

He added: “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.”

“Like so many, I’m hoping for peaceful resolution and actual process addressing these persistent issues in our society,” he concluded.

Phoebe Bridgers also commented on the situation, she quoted a tweet which read “the alt-right are now circulating images of who they believe to be “antifa organizers” that are just the indie rock band The National” – to which Bridgers added, “this is as disturbing as it is hilarious”.