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Jamiroquai's Jay Kay has responded to claims he was present during the pro-Trump riots at the Capitol building yesterday (6 January):
Jay Kay started trending on social media as fans compared the frontman to one of the bare-chested rioters who was wearing fur and a pair of horns.
Taking to Twitter in a bid to address the false claims, he said: "Goooood mornin' world. Now some of you may be thinkin' you saw me in Washington last night. But I'm afraid I wasn't with all those freaks."
He went on to wish everyone a happy New Year (what a LAD) adding: "I haven't seen you for ages."
Not sure I like the new direction Jamiroquai are taking. pic.twitter.com/tOGyFL5Chr
- DOUBLE O' NOTHING (@dublonothing) January 7, 2021
Poor Jamiroquai! What's happened man?#Jamiroquai pic.twitter.com/ahRbq6D2C2
- Agent Pumpkin :blue_heart: (@agentpumpkin) January 6, 2021
As the comparisons between the two men came flooding in (before Jay Kay's message), one fan wrote: "Nobody has heard of #jamiroquai for f***in years but then Jay Kay pops up storming The Capitol with Virtual Insanity."
Another added: "Am I the only one who was a bit disappointed by that Jamiroquai gig? #Capitol," while a third commented: "A lot of our darkest fears and predictions came true yesterday - but no one foresaw that Jamiroquai would storm the Capitol."
Jamiroquai's new album launch getting a bit out of hand in the US.... #jamiroquai #Capitol pic.twitter.com/MnWOd0amVV
- TV's Ed Matthews (@tvsedmatthews) January 6, 2021
Footage shared online showed the moment thousands of Trump fans and voters made their way up to the Capitol building following a rally, at which Trump himself spoke.
The riots began in a bid to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden's election victory. They led to a woman being shot and killed. She was later named as Ashli Babbitt, from San Diego, California.
The woman, who is said to have been a 14-year veteran, serving four tours with the US Air Force, was shot as rioters clashed with law enforcement during the break-in.
As the chaos was unfolding, President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation, explaining: "At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault unlike anything we've seen in modern times."
Let me be very clear: the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not represent who we are. What we are seeing is a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent, it's disorder. It borders on sedition, and it must end. Now.
- Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 6, 2021
He went on: "Let me be very clear, the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect the true America, do not represent who we are. What we're seeing are a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness."
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