In his first interview since being arrested for the events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Jacob Chansley, also known as the “QAnon Shaman,” told CBS News’ 60 Minutes that his only intention by participating in the Capitol attack was to spread positivity.
Speaking to correspondent Laurie Segall, he said that he didn’t consider his actions to be an attack on the United States.
“My actions were not an attack on this country. That is incorrect. That is inaccurate entirely,” he said.
“I sang a song,” Chansley said, describing his time inside the building. “And that’s 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?”
“My actions were not an attack on this country,” says Jacob Chansley, aka “the QAnon Shaman.” For the first time since his arrest, Chansley talks publicly about his actions that day, and he tells @LaurieSegall why he wanted to be in the Senate chamber. https://t.co/AhuFQOSzts pic.twitter.com/bIgKjVYS5I
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“And I also said a prayer in that sacred chamber,” he continued. “Because it was intention to bring divinity, and to bring God back into the Senate.”
“I consider myself a lover of my country,” he said. “I consider myself a believer in the Constitution. I consider myself a believer in truth and our founding principles. I consider myself a believer in God.”
Chansley has pleaded not guilty to two felony and four misdemeanor charges.
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