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At their show last evening in Las Vegas, the Amity Affliction’s vocalist Joel Birch took the mic to call out a fan who was wearing a Trump jersey.

Birch then tweeted about the incident, defending his words he used at the show.

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What I said tonight was much more balanced than I could have been, and wanted to be,” Birch says in a Twitter thread. “Just like I wouldn’t wear an atheist tee to church, I expect people to exercise a certain decorum when attending our shows. Music has forever been a safe haven for me, and I want our shows to be a safe haven for others.

Birch went on to explain what he thinks the jersey represents to minority communities. He says that Trump branding is similar to that of a swastika.

“You can believe whatever you want to believe while you are outside the venue, but don’t you DARE bring your negative energy inside to intimidate and cause discomfort to others,” Birch says. “I love Amity fans, they give us this unique and beautiful opportunity to play music, but I WILL NOT stand for people jeopardizing the happiness of others, and ruining their experience at one of our shows. To put it simply, you are not welcome.”

You can read the entire thread below.

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Following Birch’s tweets, the Trump supporter then tweeted back at the Amity Affliction frontman.

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After Birch’s stage speech, Silent Planet shared their experience with the Trump supporter. According to a tweet, the same fan yelled at them over their “heal us” shirts.

The Amity Affliction are currently on tour with Senses Fail and Belmont. After Bad Omens pulled from the tour, the three bands welcomed Silent Planet. Check out a full list of the remaining dates below and get your tickets here.

Dates

01/04 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
01/05 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
01/06 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
01/08 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
01/09 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
01/11 – New Orleans, LA @ The Joy Theater
01/12 – Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
01/13 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
01/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
01/16 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground

01/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
01/19 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
01/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
01/22 – New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
01/24 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
01/25 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre
01/26 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
01/27 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
01/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
01/30 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

02/01 – Denver, CO @ Summit
02/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
02/04 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
02/05 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
02/07 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spaces
02/08 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
02/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent

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