The horned rioter involved in the storming of the Capitol has admitted he feels “duped” by the former POTUS.
Read on to find out why…
It has nearly been 3 weeks since political tensions reached a breaking point.
On January 6th, during which a joint session of Congress convened to formally count the Electoral College votes and certify Joe Biden’s election win, lawmakers were forced to shelter in place and evacuate as pro-Trump rioters broke into the U.S Capitol Building.
Breaking windows, doors, and furniture along with chants of “stop the steal!”
And photos showing them looting objects, such as the lectern of U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, quickly started circulating online.
With one posing in her chair with his feet up on the desk.
As rioters clashed with the few police officers that were present.
And the world watched on, transfixed, as more and more rioters continued to spill into the Capitol and clash with police.
Chief Robert Contee III of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, confirmed the news during a press conference.
However, details surrounding the other fatalities remain unclear.
“One adult female and 2 adult males appear to have suffered from separate medical emergencies on or around Capitol grounds,” Contee said, “which resulted in their deaths.”
The president was repeatedly urged to appear on national television to order his supporters to stand down.
Where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was “on our side,” and to “remain peaceful.”
“Go home, we love you, you’re very special.”
Shortly afterward, his Twitter account was suspended indefinitely.
And now, a week on from the violence, people from all across the world remain in a state of shock from what they witnessed…
But the riots haven’t come without big consequences – dozens of people have since been charged with firearms-related crimes and other offences, including violent entry.
But all eyes have been on one rioter in particular.
Jacob Chansley had his first court appearance after being charged over his alleged involvement in the Capitol riots last week.
You may recognize him as horn man…
The Phoenix-native allegedly calls himself the “QAnon Shaman,” and was one of the few faces that went viral following the riots.
Chansley turned himself into the FBI a week after the riot.
And has since been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
A statement from the Department of Justice (DoJ) states: “It is alleged that Chansley was identified as the man seen in media coverage who entered the Capitol building dressed in horns, a bearskin headdress, red, white and blue face paint, shirtless, and tan pants.
“This individual carried a spear, approximately 6 feet in length, with an American flag tied just below the blade.”
During his first court appearance, he made no statements about the charges against him.
ABC News reports he addressed the judge and said he may be able to get a friend to hire a private attorney for him.
But now it seems a lawyer working on behalf of Chansley has said he feels he was “duped” by Trump.
Lawyer Al Watkins said Chansley “regrets very, very much having not just been duped by the president, but by being in a position where he allowed that duping to put him in a position to make decisions he should not have made.”
He went on to say: “Let’s roll the months of lies, and misrepresentations and horrific innuendo and hyperbolic speech by our President designed to inflame, enrage, motivate.
“What’s really curious is the reality that our president, as a matter of public record, invited these individuals, as President, to walk down to the Capitol with him.
“As to my client, the guy with the horns and the fur, the meditation and organic food… I’m telling you that we cannot simply wave a magic wand and label all these people on January 6th the same.”
Chansley’s lawyer even asked Trump to pardon his client before leaving office.
He said that Trump should pardon Chansley as he “felt he was answering the call” of the former president.
Watkins said: “My client did not break into the Capitol, my client had the doors of the Capitol held for him by Capitol police.”
Before adding “the only honorable thing for him [Trump] to do for those who were peace-loving, for those who did go there with peace in mind, who weren’t going there to be violent” was to pardon them.
But it seems Trump didn’t agree, as a pardon never came for Chansley.
Later on in court, the judge denied Chansley bail, saying he had “no confidence” he would follow court orders.
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