Legendary Descendents slam former Oath Keeper for rocking band’s shirt at Jan. 6 committee hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 12: Jason Van Tatenhove, who served as national spokesman for the Oath Keepers and as a close aide to Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, testifies during the seventh hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on July 12, 2022,  in Washington, DC. The bipartisan committee, which has been gathering evidence for almost a year related to the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol, is presenting its findings in a series of televised hearings. On January 6, 2021, supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol Building during an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for President Joe Biden. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)


WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 12: Jason Van Tatenhove, who served as national spokesman for the Oath Keepers and as a close aide to Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, testifies during the seventh hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on July 12, 2022,  in Washington, DC. The bipartisan committee, which has been gathering evidence for almost a year related to the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol, is presenting its findings in a series of televised hearings. On January 6, 2021, supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol Building during an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for President Joe Biden. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, former high-ranking Oath Keeper Jason Van Tatenhove testified during the latest Jan. 6 committee hearing. Van Tatenhove left the alleged domestic terrorist organization in 2016, saying that while he had found its anti-government leanings appealing at first, he then watched the members become far too right-wing for his comfort, saying that the “straw that broke the camel’s back” was when he ran into a couple of Oath Keepers having a casual Holocaust denial conversation.

One of the first things that people online noticed during Van Tatenhove’s testimony was his sartorial style. Under a jean jacket, Tatenhove was wearing a T-shirt featuring the legendary west coast punk band Descendents. Descendents are best known as a pioneer in pop punk music, and have always used a character named “Milo” (a caricature drawing of lead singer Milo Aukerman) in their designs. The shirt Van Tatenhove wore included the cover art for Descendents’ 1996 album Everything Sucks.

Descendents fans quickly jumped on how surreal this made Van Tatenhove’s testimony. Comedian Chris Gethard tweeted, “Am I hallucinating that this Oath Keeper testifying before congress is wearing a Descendents t-shirt? I just had hernia surgery so this may be the painkillers.” Many made jokes that played on the band’s first 1982 album, Milo Goes to College. Then the band itself released a statement.

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