Practically two months after Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, the QAnon Shaman is defending his actions that day from his jail cell.
The outstanding QAnon determine can be patting himself on the again for…saving the Congressional break room muffins.
Jacob Chansley, who’s also referred to as Jake Angeli or just as the “QAnon Shaman,” gave his first interview from jail to CBS Information’ new 60 Minutes+ present on the streaming service Paramount+.
Throughout his dialogue with host Laurie Segall, Chansley confirmed little regret for what went down at the Capitol on Jan. 6, when a mob of Trump supporters broke into the constructing and induced appreciable injury. 5 individuals died on account of the mayhem.
“My actions weren’t an assault on this nation,” Chansley stated in the interview. “I sang a tune, that’s part of shamanism. It’s about creating optimistic vibrations in a sacred chamber.”
Chansley went on to say how he needed to “convey God again to the Senate” and explains how he truly stopped a few of the different Trump supporters who’d damaged into the Capitol that day from “stealing and vandalizing that sacred area, the Senate.”
The instance the QAnon Shaman gave? He stopped individuals from “stealing muffins out of the break room.”
His solely remorse, he defined, was coming into the Capitol. Chansley claimed in the interview that he thought he and the different QAnon followers, Proud Boys, and militia members have been allowed to be in the Capitol constructing and inside the Congressional chambers. He says that Capitol police officers “waved” them in.
Whereas the QAnon Shaman is dissatisfied that Trump didn’t have his again and did not pardon him and the others who stormed the Capitol whereas he was nonetheless president, he nonetheless believes that Trump cares about the Structure and the American individuals. When Segall requested him if regrets being so loyal to Donald Trump, the QAnon Shaman gave her a convincing “no.”
Chansley has turn out to be the most identifiable of those that have been concerned in the storming of the Capitol constructing on Jan. 6. Nonetheless, Chansley has been a outstanding determine inside the QAnon and Trump supporter circles for some time. He was usually seen at Trump rallies and occasions protesting the 2020 presidential election outcomes. As a QAnon follower, Chansley was a believer in the conspiracy concept’s central tenet: Trump is battling a secret cabal made up of cannibalistic pedophiles inside the Democratic Celebration and the Hollywood elite who run a world Satanic trafficking ring.
Chansley, together with others who have been there that day, believed that Jan. 6 was the final probability to “Cease the Steal” and re-elect Donald Trump as President of the United States. Due to conspiracies that unfold like wildfire on-line, many who have been there at the Capitol believed that Trump’s former Vice President Mike Pence may overturn the election outcomes earlier than Congress licensed them.
The interview with the QAnon Shaman simply occurs to have come out on March 4, another important date for some QAnon followers who consider it’s when Trump will as soon as once more be inaugurated as president. (He is not going to.)
Tomorrow a choose will determine if Chansley can go away jail earlier than his trial. (Maybe the choose will take into account the muffins when making his ruling?)
The QAnon Shaman has been accused of not solely trespassing into the Capitol constructing but in addition leaving a threatening be aware for Pence that reads “It’s solely a matter of time. Justice is coming.” Prosecutors additionally declare that he was carrying a weapon that day, a spear hooked up to a flag pole that was carrying the American flag.
If convicted, the QAnon Shaman faces as much as 20 years in jail.