Remember the horned Capitol Hill rioter? The painted, fur-emblazoned, and bare-chested symbol of the Capitol Hill riots? Well, he's been in and out of headlines since that fateful day in January for his demanding dietary requests of "organic food only" while being held behind bars...
And now, he's actually seeking an early release after the organic food provided for him has caused "digestive issues."
Here's the full story...
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.
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 shocking...
And now almost 2 months on, so many 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 earlier this month.
You may recognize him as the "horn 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 ever since President Biden's inauguration, it seems that Chansley has 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 the 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... I'm telling you that we cannot simply wave a magic wand and label all these people on January 6th the same."
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 won't have sat well with Chansley...
And, shortly afterwards, his lawyer came forward with detrimental claims about his health.
According to Watkins, Chansley's health was "deteriorating" behind bars.
You may have already heard, but Chansley refused to consume non-organic food while in jail in Washington, DC, on religious grounds.
He first raised this complaint while in detention in Phoenix, Arizona after his initial arrest.
But since been transferred to the capital, he once again went on an apparent hunger strike. Watkins wrote:
"The Defendant has not been able to consume any food since the commencement of his stay in Washington, DC, being a period in excess of one week. It is understood the Defendant has lost weight in excess of twenty pounds during the last week."
Of course, people couldn't quite believe what they were hearing...
@MelissaBlasius @abc15 Horn man won’t eat because the jail food is not organic. Is that a joke?— Goddogg (@Goddogg)1610463163.0
It did sound like one massive joke, we have to admit.
But, evidently, it was anything but.
Because it was reported a few weeks ago that Chansley had been transferred to a jail in Virginia after a federal judge ordered authorities to provide him with organic food while he's in custody.
He was transferred to the Alexandria Detention Center after his attorney argued that he had gone 9 days without eating because of the organic food issue at the jail in Washington.
The judge said jail officials in nearby Alexandria could accommodate the special diet.
Chansley got what we wanted... well, kind of!
But, in an unsurprising turn of events, it turns out that the organic food provided for him simply wasn't enough.
Apparently, the organic food provided by the Virginia jail hasn't sat well with the rioter.
In a motion for pre-trial release filed in the US District Court, it was said that Chansley has been "very grateful" for the efforts to accommodate his dietary needs, following his hunger strike until receiving organic food.
The motion then explained:
"That being said, and without casting aspersions on the efforts of authorities in this regard, the defendant has experienced significant digestive tract issues for which medical consultation has been sought."
So, only time will tell as to whether Chansley will be granted his early release or not...
But it just goes to show that if you want to eat nothing but organic food, it's probably best to not get arrested and be sentenced to serve time in jail!