After he pleaded guilty in federal court this Friday to obstructing the congressional certification of the 2020 election on Jan. 6, the mother of Jacob Chansley, also known as the “QAnon Shaman,” urged her son to hold out hope for Donald Trump’s return to the White House — where he could then pardon Chansley.
During a Zoom press conference today, Chansley’s lawyer, Albert Watkins, said there’s “a large number of people in this in this country to this day that truly believe that the former President Trump will be president again very soon.”
“I can’t call them idiots,” he added. “Jake’s mother is one of the most beautiful, caring, loving, hardworking women you’ll ever meet.”
“It took a lot of courage for a young man who was raised by his mother to say, ‘No, I’m making this decision because it’s the right thing to do. I’m making this decision, because I was wrong. I broke the law,’” Watkins said.
The lawyer’s claim stacks up among another indications that the apple does not fall far from the tree in the Chansley clan. Both mother and son appeared in a 60 Minutes+ interview panned by a federal judge as a “media publicity stunt,” which backfired enough to extend the son’s pre-trial incarceration.
During that interview, Martha Chansley memorably claimed “the doors were open” when her son entered the U.S. Capitol building, an assertion demolished by video released by the court.
Chansley’s could be sentenced to between 41 and 51 months in prison, but the judge can impose a sentence higher or lower than that range, subject to a 20-year maximum.