This past Monday, ex-Misfits singer Michale Graves attended a trial and testified on behalf of the Proud Boys. The Proud Boys is a far-right, neo-fascist organization that opposes progressive groups and are vocal supporters of Donald Trump.
As reported by Reuters, Graves took part in a trial defending members associated with the Proud Boys in regard to the January 6th, 2021 insurrection that took place at the United States Capitol.
Among the people who were present at the insurrection, there were several individuals present that are part of the far-right organization.
In regard to his testimony, Graves spoke on behalf of five specific Proud Boys members who have been charged with “seditious conspiracy,” in regard to the January 6th attack.
In the past, the ex-Misfits singer has expressed that he identifies with the fascist organization; per a past Instagram post of his (which has since been deleted), he wrote:
“I AM A PROUD WESTERN CHAUVINIST AND I REFUSE TO APOLOGIZE FOR BUILDING THE MODERN WORLD.”
Punknews.org was able to grab a screenshot of the post before it was deleted.
On the same day as the Capitol insurrection, Graves was planning on playing a private show; this show was brought up by lawyers representing these five specific Proud Boys members, with them saying this show is “evidence” that they had no intention of taking part in the insurrection.
While taking part in this trial, Graves expressed that, while he believed that members of the Proud Boys may have been guilty of trespassing on the Capitol’s grounds, he doesn’t believe there was any intention of actually attacking the Capitol.
Talking to the jury associated with this trial, the ex-Misfits singer said: “I know for a fact there was not some elaborate plan to take over the Capitol that day on Jan 6.”
The concert that Graves was supposedly meant to play never took place; per a past Reuters interview, Graves said he and his manager later “ghosted” his Proud Boy friends and left Washington as the attack on the Capitol grew more intense. Graves also mentioned that one of the charged individuals, Ethan Nordean, invited the ex-Misfits singer to perform a concert at a home the organization had rented.
Graves also went on to share that the organization felt that a concert may “keep people off the streets, and keep people out of trouble.” He also shared: “We wanted to keep everybody safe.”
Along with Nordean, Proud Boys former leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, as well as Joseph Biggs, Dominic Pezzola, and Zachary Rehl, have been accused of plotting to use “force to block Congress from certifying [President Joe] Biden’s election win.” Tarrio and four other members of the Proud Boys are also accused of buying paramilitary gear for the assault and for encouraging members to march on Washington. Prosecutors also say that Tarrio directed the assault from Baltimore.