The most famous men in country music – for the most part – kept their tongues out in the crowd that stormed the US Capitol on January 6. But this silence does not extend to their husbands.
Brittany Aldin – a social media influencer and Jason Aldin’s wife – is among those who share their thoughts on Instagram. This includes republishing an image claiming that two men in the group were in fact supporters of the antifa.
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The image, shared by Aldean, was part of a disinformation campaign that emerged when disturbing images of the Capitol sparked outrage around the country. The allegation of protest against the antifa was described as “unfounded” by the Associated Press, which said there was “no evidence” that the perpetrators who violated the Capitol were supporters of far-left militant groups.
XRVision, a face recognition service cited in so far refuted reports of the antifa request, issued a statement to BuzzFeed News saying the company’s software actually identified two members of neo-Nazi organizations and a QAnon supporter in the pro-Trump mob – not antifa.
Instagram removed the image from the Aldean show hours after it was posted.
In response, Brittany Aldin posted a video of her 1.8 million followers on Instagram. “It’s getting so ridiculous the filters you put on everyone who’s against your story,” she said.
Also on January 6, the day of the uprising, Britney Kelly – the husband of Brian Kelly from Florida Georgia Line – expressed her support for “patriots who fight for our freedom every day” on the platform next to a photo of her flying an American flag in a convertible. The couple’s Ford Bronco, driven by her famous husband.
After many of her followers expressed concern that she supported the Capitol takeover, Kelly edited her post, replacing “patriots” with “people.”
Country star Maren Morris, without naming names, also tweeted, “… how come the wives of some singers don’t know the difference between marching for racial injustice and Nazis violating the Capitol because their man didn’t win?”
“I don’t believe in violence, or crowds / cults, rebellious or storming buildings. I don’t believe that ‘patriots’ are the people storming the building,” Kelly wrote in a subsequent post.
“I have been taught to stand up for what you believe is right. Holding the American flag and calling on God for peace is not a way to express which side I am on,” she wrote.
In recent days, both have focused on promoting tolerance and questioning their critics – especially after the publication of a Rolling Stone story detailing their publications. Their steps have been reversed as law enforcement and elected officials prepare for the potential for more violence in the United States.
In the days following the uprising, groups following right-wing extremist organizations said preparations were under way for violence. The FBI has warned of possible armed protests in the state capital’s buildings, beginning Jan. 17 and taking office, a spokesman for the U.S. news agency said today.
Aldin sees the repulsion against her as unjustified. “Everything I say explodes and becomes ‘history,'” Aldin complained on Instagram on Sunday.
“Obviously freedom of speech does not apply to everyone and that is the problem I have. I have AMAZING conversations with my liberal friends and we can agree to disagree. People who are reluctant to hear you vote for me (explicitly) .
Apart from her criticism of her removal, Aldean said nothing more about the image of the “antifa” she shares.
Also Sunday, Kelly shared an image with the text: “Can you imagine if we didn’t limit our love to those who were just like us?”
“For you, the one who reads this, I decide to respect and love you, regardless of your beliefs,” she wrote. “… I encourage you, no matter what your belief system, to help spread love and respect to everyone you come in contact with, because our world and future depend on it.
Contribution: Brian Alexander, USA TODAY
This article originally appeared in Nashville, Tennessee: Brittany Aldin, Britney Kelly launch fire for Capitol riots