Jacob Angeli Chansley, who gained famed and notoriety as the shirtless man wearing a horned fur hat while walking through the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is trying to get his sentence overturned. He also says he still believes in QAnon and he never felt misled by former President Donald Trump, the Arizona Mirror reported.
Chansley, also known as the “QAnon Shaman,” is out of prison and now calls himself “America’s Shaman” and is making podcasts “rife with conspiracy theories” and drawing an income from selling merchandise and “coaching sessions,” according to the Mirror.
In September 2021, he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of obstructing an official proceeding. He was sentenced to 41 months in prison, but was released to a halfway house on March 29, then put on house arrest soon after.
“I’m not a big fan of [his previous lawyer Al Watkins] after I found out all the things he was saying in the media without my consent,” Chansley said. “He said that I felt duped by Trump. I never said that. I never asked him to say that. He said that I denounced Q and the QAnon community. I never said that. I never asked him to say that.”
Chansley’s friend and podcast co-host, self-identified as “Chadwick,” said he believes Watkins was trying to get on the good side of “the left” and to be invited on cable news shows.
“Chansley and his current lawyer, William Shipley, are asking that his sentence for his part in the Jan. 6 insurrection be set aside after new U.S. Capitol security video footage was released to then-Fox News host Tucker Carlson,” the Mirror’s report stated. “They claim the footage, which federal prosecutors say was cherry-picked and omits key portions, proves Capitol Police did not block Chansley’s path or attempt to take him into custody for 38 minutes before he entered the U.S. Senate chamber.”
Chansley said he still believes some conspiracy theories associated with QAnon, but doesn’t believe claims about JFK returning or that the earth is flat.
Chansley is also still a fan of Trump, but doesn’t agree with people who “worship” Trump.
“Trump is a man,” Chansley said. “He’s a fallible man. I don’t agree with everything he does.”
Read the full report at the Arizona Mirror.
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