Brittany Aldean, Brittney Kelley draw fire for Capitol riot posts

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The most famous men in country music have — for the most part — held their tongues on the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6. But that silence hasn’t extended to their spouses.

Brittany Aldean — social media influencer and wife of Jason Aldean — is among those who’ve shared their thoughts on Instagram. That included a repost of an image falsely alleging that two men in the group were actually supporters of antifa.

Five people, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, died as a result of the shocking mob violence by President Trump’s supporters, fueled by Trump’s baseless claims that the November presidential election was stolen from him.

The image shared by Aldean was part of a misinformation campaign that emerged as the disturbing Capitol images brought revulsion around the country. The antifa protestor claim was deemed “baseless” by the Associated Press, which stated there’s “no evidence” the violent rioters who breached the Capitol were supporters of far-left leaning militant groups.

Jason Aldrean, left, with Brittany Kerr Aldean, walk the red carpet at the 54TH Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nev.

XRVision, a facial recognition service cited in since-debunked reports on the antifa claim, issued a statement to BuzzFeed News saying the company’s software actually identified two members of neo-Nazi organizations and a QAnon supporter among the pro-Trump mob — not antifa members. 

Instagram removed the image from Aldean’s feed hours after it was posted. 

In response, Brittany Aldean posted a video to her 1.8 million Instagram followers. “It’s getting so ridiculous the filters you put on everyone that’s against your narrative,” she said.

Also on Jan. 6, the day of the insurrection, Brittney Kelley — spouse of Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley — expressed her support for “the patriots who fight for our freedom every day” on the platform next to photo of herself flying an American flag in the couple’s convertible Ford Bronco driven by her famous spouse.

After many of her followers expressed concern that she was supporting the Capitol takeover, Kelley edited her post, replacing “patriots” with “people.”

Country star Maren Morris, without naming names, also tweeted, “…how do some singer’s wives conveniently not know the difference between marching for racial injustice and Nazis breaching our Capitol because their guy didn’t win?”

Brittney Marie Cole Kelley and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line attend the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 01, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“I do not believe in violence, or mobs/cults rioting or storming buildings. I do not believe ‘patriots’ are the people storming the building,” Kelley wrote in a subsequent post.

“I was taught to stand for what you believe is right. Holding the American flag and calling on God for peace is not a way of expressing what ‘side’ I’m on,” she wrote. 

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