The horned Capitol Hill rioter, who has arguably become the painted, fur-emblazoned, and bare-chested symbol of the entire attack, has spoken in his first interview since the riots…
Whereby he claimed that he wasn’t attacking the country.
Read on to hear what he had to say…
Now, the events of January 6th remain etched upon the minds of us all.
As 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.
Hundreds of rioters forced their way into the prestigious building, breaking windows, doors, and furniture along with chants of “stop the steal!”
The violence that ensued was nothing short of horrifying…
And, as rioters clashed with the few police officers that were present, the world watched on in sheer disbelief.
Shortly afterward, it was confirmed that there had been fatalities within the Capitol.
Chief Robert Contee III of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, confirmed the news during a press conference.
“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.”
It was later confirmed that 5 people had lost their lives.
From the get-go, there were calls for the then-president, Donald Trump, to intervene.
He was repeatedly urged to appear on national television to order his supporters to stand down.
However, he instead issued a series of tweets where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was “on our side,” and to “remain peaceful.”
The whole situation was nothing short of disgraceful…
And now, 2 months on, dozens of people have since been charged with firearms-related crimes and other offenses, 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 month.
You may recognize him as the “horned man”…
The Phoenix-native allegedly calls himself the “QAnon Shaman,” and was one of the few – painted – 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) stated:
“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 reported that he addressed the judge and said he may be able to get a friend to hire a private attorney for him.
But, following President Biden’s inauguration, Chansley had a slight change of heart.
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 insisted that his client “did not break into the Capitol” because “he had the doors of the Capitol held for him by Capitol police.”
He then added:
“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 wasn’t going there to be violent is to pardon them.”
But it seems Trump didn’t agree, as a pardon never came.
Later on in court, the judge denied Chansley bail, saying he had “no confidence” he would follow court orders.
Of course, this didn’t sit well with Chansley…
So it didn’t come as too much of a shock to hear that the disgraced rioter was willing to testify against the man whom he once admired so much.
Chansley told the Associated Press via his lawyer that he would be open to attending Trump’s impeachment trial to testify against the former president. He admitted to having once felt “horrendously smitten” with Trump but now feels “like he was betrayed by the president” after the failed pardon.
Of course, he never got the chance to testify against Trump.
But it seems that Chansley truly sees an aspect of innocence in his action that day.
As in his first interview since the day, he claimed his actions were not an attack on the nation.
Not that many others agree with him, of course…
Chansley has spoken for the first time from jail to 60 Minutes+ correspondent, Laurie Segall.
In a clip from the interview that aired on CBS This Morning, Chansley described his actions on that day:
“Well, I sang a song. And that’s a part of shamanism. It’s about – creating positive vibrations in a sacred chamber. I also stopped people from stealing and vandalizing that sacred space, the Senate. Okay? I actually stopped somebody from stealing muffins out of the break room. And I also said a prayer in that sacred chamber. Because it was my intention to bring divinity and to bring God back into the Senate.”
“But Jake, legally, you were not allowed to be in what you’re calling the sacred chamber,” Segall responded.
To which he followed up: “And that is… and that is the one very serious regret that I have, was believing that when we were waved in by police officers, that it was acceptable.”
When asked about his actions on that day, Chansley said: “My actions were not an attack on this country. That is incorrect.”
“That is inaccurate, entirely.”
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