‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley Claims He Stopped Muffin Heist During US Capitol Riots
Jacob Chansley, the infamous “QAnon Shaman” is now claiming that his actions during the Capitol riots on Jan. 6th weren’t an attack on the U.S. and added he can prove this because he stopped other rioters from stealing muffins.
Well, it’s good to know the muffins were safe anyway.
Chansley, wearing a coyote fur outfit and buffalo-horned hat, arguably became the symbol for the riots, talked to CBS News in an interview that quickly veered off-the-walls, The Daily Beast reports. Now he’s hoping for mercy but in the 60 Minutes interview with CBS News reporter Laurie Segall, he turned short-tempered quickly while speaking from prison.
The "QAnon Shaman" of the January 6th attack on the Capitol tells his story for the first time from jail, as he faces up to 20 years behind bars.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 4, 2021
Segall asked him if he considered his actions while storming the Capitol to be an attack on the nation and wanted him to describe his behavior in his own words.
“I sang a song, and that’s a part of shamanism, it’s about creating positive vibrations in a sacred chamber,” he said. “I also stopped people from stealing and vandalizing that sacred space, the Senate. I actually stopped people from stealing muffins out of the break room.”
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That’s cute and all, but Chansley did far more serious things than that. Yes, he stormed the Capitol, but he also allegedly left a rather intimidating note for former President Mike Pence at his desk inside the Senate Chamber. It read: “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.” He was also carrying a flag pole with a spear-head attached to it, something that prosecutors viewed as a weapon.
“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. Segall reminded him that entering the chamber is illegal, and at that point, he did say he felt a “very serious regret.”
His mother, Martha Chansley, also insisted her son didn’t do anything wrong and instead said her son simply “walked through open doors.”
“He was escorted into the Senate,” she said. “So I don’t know what’s wrong with that. I know that he is sorry but again it all comes back to he walked through open doors.”
Prosecutors haven’t said how Chansley made his way into the building but there’s no evidence to indicate police led rioters into the Senate chamber.
"He walked through open doors." – Martha Chansley, defends the actions of her son — aka the QAnon Shaman — during the Capitol siege. This exchange was one of the most telling from the piece. Would watch the full clip. pic.twitter.com/Ie1YJ0YXPf
— Laurie Segall (@LaurieSegall) March 4, 2021
And dear old mom repeated the lie that the election was “stolen,” using that to justify her son’s decision to protest the election.
“I don’t think it’s right that [the election] was won fraudulently,” she said. “I don’t believe it was won fairly at all.”
Chansley, through his attorney, has repeatedly criticized former President Donald Trump for not offering him a pardon, but for whatever reason, he still seems to care about him.
“I developed a lot of sympathy for Donald Trump because it seemed like the media was picking on him,” Chansley told Segall. “I have been a victim of that all my life, whether it be at school or at home, so in many ways, I identified with a lot of the negative things he was going through.”
While he admitted feeling “wounded” by the fact that Trump didn’t pardon him, he said he doesn’t regret being loyal to the former president.
“I only regret entering that building, with every fiber of my being,” Chansley said.
But the situation grew weird when Chansley concluded the interview by yelling “SEE ME! SEE ME!” and insisting he’s not violent. On Friday, a judge will hear arguments on whether this “QAnon shaman” should be released before his trial.
Why this man has empathy for Trump is anyone’s guess. This was a man, after all, who was especially enraged after he saw Chansley’s photo because the mob looked “cheap and poor.” Which pretty much tells you the kind of man these people were fighting for.
Hope those muffins were worth it.