'I was duped by Trump!' QAnon Shaman 'regrets' acts in Capitol riot

‘I was duped by Trump!’ QAnon Shaman ‘regrets’ Capitol invasion as his lawyer says ex-president’s failure to issue a pardon was a ‘betrayal’ by the man who ‘led him down the primrose path’ – so how many more rioters will claim the same?

  • Jacob Chansley, 33, is being held in Phoenix in the January 6 Capitol riot
  • He is the ‘QAnon Shaman’ who sported a horned hat and furs in Senate chamber 
  • His attorney says that he was ‘duped by the president’ into participating
  • Attorney Albert S. Watkins laments that Trump did not pardon his client 
  • Said the ‘betrayal’ had been a wake-up call for the devoted Trump fanatic 
  • Says Chansley just accepted Trump’s invitation to ‘walk down to the Capitol’
  • Accused Trump of leading his client down the ‘primrose path’ before fleeing to Mar-a-Lago ‘as he walks spiritually hand-in-hand with Lil Wayne’
  • Chansley is being held without bail and faces 25 years prison on federal charges

The man dubbed the ‘QAnon Shaman’ has claimed through his attorney that he was ‘duped’ by Donald Trump into participating in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, is being held without bail on federal charges in Phoenix, and on Friday his attorney told DailyMail.com that Trump’s failure to pardon him was a ‘betrayal.’ 

In what could signal a defense strategy for many of the people ensnared after the Capitol riots, the attorney of the ‘Shaman’ essentially is laying the blame at Trump’s feet, saying his client was merely following the instructions of the former president. 

As of Friday, at least 93 individuals have been charged in connection with the riot, according to DOJ records. 

‘Mr. Chansley is not alone. We all are compelled to be introspective about our role in creating and permitting an environment where believing the words of a president [is] criminally actionable,’ attorney Albert S. Watkins told DailyMail.com.  

Chansley, who also goes by Jake Angeli, gained infamy during the riot for his striking appearance in a horned helmet and furs in the Senate Chamber, and later drew mockery for a hunger strike behind bars to insist he be fed all-organic food.

Watkins argued that Trump had drawn Chansley into a web of lies, but said that Trump’s lack of action during the riot and failure to issue pardons had been a wake-up call to his client. 

Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, has claimed through his attorney that he was ‘duped’ by Donald Trump into participating in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol

Chansley is being held without bail on federal charges and faces 25 years in prison. Above, a court sketch shows him in a video appearance in Phoenix at a pre-trial detainment hearing

During his rally just prior to the riot, Trump had vowed to march on the Capitol with his supporters, but instead retreated to the White House to watch on TV

‘My client is understandably compelled to reconcile the words of the former president with the subsequent actions of the former president,’ Watkins said in a statement.

‘The reconciliation of a betrayal necessarily requires the bellying up to the bar by the betrayed to acknowledge their role in making themselves ripe for betrayal,’ he added.

Watkins said that he was working to expedite Chansley’s transport to DC after a judge in Arizona remanded him to the charging jurisdiction, but said that ‘COVID sensitivities have obviously and not unexpectedly rendered the process cumbersome.’

‘He regrets very, very much having not just been duped by the President, but by being in a position where he allowed that duping to put him in a position to make decisions he should not have made,’ Watkins earlier told KSDK-TV.  

‘Let’s roll the tape. Let’s roll the months of lies, and misrepresentations and horrific innuendo and hyperbolic speech by our president designed to inflame, enrage, motivate,’ said Watkins. 

‘What’s really curious is the reality that our president, as a matter of public record, invited these individuals, as President, to walk down to the capitol with him,’ he said. 

During his rally just prior to the riot, Trump had vowed to march on the Capitol with his supporters, but instead retreated to the White House to watch the events unfold on television.

Attorney Al Watkins (seen in 2018) had made a public plea for Trump to pardon his client, and called the lack of a pardon a ‘betrayal’ that would spur a great awakening in Chansley

Jacob Anthony Chansley is pictured as he occupied the Senate dais at the US Capitol

Watkins said it was unfair to lump his client in with others who participated in the riot.

‘As to my client, the guy with the horns and the fur, the meditation and organic food…I’m telling you that we cannot simply wave a magic wand and label all these people on January 6th the same,’ he said. 

Chansley is charged with civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, disorderly conduct in a restricted building, demonstrating in a Capitol building, entering a restricted building without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. 

Watkins had made a public plea for Trump to pardon his client, but despite issuing a slew of pardons in his final hours in office, Trump did not pardon any participants in the Capitol riot. 

‘No one was holding their breath on the request and, as such, there is no need to exhale,’ Watkins, who i based in St. Louis, told KMOV-TV of his pardon plea.

‘The request was of extraordinary value in that it accorded Trump an opportunity to do what his followers believed would have been the ‘honorable’ thing to do,’ said Watkins. 

‘Mr. Chansley, along with many others who were similarly situated, are now compelled to reconcile a betrayal by a man whose back they felt they had for years,’ he said. 

Watkins said Trump’s indifference likely spurred a great awakening for his client and other January 6 participants, alerting him to the fact that their devotion to Trump was not reciprocated. 

‘They are compelled to be introspective and evaluate how they got where they are, the role of their former leader in that tragic course, and the vulnerabilities they share such as to be led down a primrose path by a man whose back is now squarely fading into the Mar-a-Lago sunset as he walks spiritually hand-in-hand with Lil Wayne,’ he added.

Jacob Chansley pictured inside the Capitol building during the January 6 riot 

Martha Chansley, mother of Jacob Chansley, exits the United States District Court in Phoenix after his appearance last week

He compared Chansley’s situation to being a jilted lover or even a member of a cult.  

‘The only thing that was missing at the Capitol was the president, our president, stirring up the Kool-Aid with a big spoon,’ Watkins told the AP on Tuesday. 

Last week, a judge in Arizona, where Chansley was arrested, denied his request for bail and ordered him transported to DC where he will be held pending further proceedings.

Arizona Magistrate Judge Deborah Fine said at a pretrial detention hearing: ‘I do believe he was an active participant in a violent insurrection that attempted to overthrow the US government on January 6 2021.’  

Fine said she made the decision on three concerns: that she believes Chansley is ‘a serious flight risk’, he ‘poses a risk to obstructing justice’ and is ‘a danger to the community’.  

The decision came after federal prosecutors submitted a detailed court filing saying Chansley had told federal authorities he was ‘glad’ he sat in Mike Pence’s chair on the Senate dais. 

The court documents revealed that he spewed QAnon conspiracy theories and said he was ‘glad’ because he believes the Vice President ‘is a child-trafficking traitor’. 

QAnon was the extreme and debunked conspiracy theory that claimed a global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles was plotting against Trump.  

A mural depicting Chnasley appears on a wall in Tunbridge Wells, England 

Chansley’s lawyer says that he reached out to the White House about a possible pardon on behalf of the Arizona man, acknowledging it was a reach

Prosecutors say Chansley also told federal authorities he left a note warning Pence ‘it’s only a matter of time – justice is coming’ – but claimed the note was not meant to be threatening.

Chansley had also been planning to return to Washington DC to create a disturbance at Joe Biden’s inauguration before he was arrested Saturday, according to federal prosecutors.  

Prosecutors dropped the claim that Chansley plotted to capture and assassinate elected officials at last week’s hearing saying they didn’t have ‘direct evidence’ of it at this time. 

During the hearing, Chansley spoke only to answer ‘yes, your honor’ when asked if he agreed to appear by video due to the pandemic.  

The judge said she believes Chansley would be a danger to the community if released and that there were no conditions the court could set to stop such danger.  

She pointed to his actions in the Capitol as a sign that he will not follow the orders of the court.  

He was charged with knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds. A view of pro-Trump supporters storming the Capitol building January 6 above

‘He will take the law into his own hands and will not respect the law,’ said Fine.

‘If he is willing to do that in the Capitol building during these important events [the Electoral College certification] I have no confidence that Mr Chansley will follow any order or condition that I set.’  

Chansley faces up to 25 years in prison for two felony charges and four misdemeanors – a sentence Fine said gave him a ‘strong incentive’ to flee. 

She said his actions since the riot – where he spoke of his involvement to the media and called the FBI to speak of his involvement but did not hand himself in – had also shown a person who thinks he is ‘righteous’. 

The judge also asked: ‘When does a protest turns into a riot? When is a protest an insurrection?’     

Revealed: Jailed ‘QAnon shaman’ was KICKED OUT of the Navy for refusing to receive an anthrax vaccine 15 years ago

The ‘QAnon shaman’ who stormed the Capitol building during last week’s riot wearing a fur hat with horns and face paint was kicked out of the Navy in 2007 for refusing to take an anthrax vaccine, it has been revealed.

Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, is a well-known supporter of the QAnon conspiracy in his home state of Arizona, where he is a failed actor and lives with his mom. 

He surrendered himself to the FBI in Phoenix on Saturday January 9 for his role in the violent riot protesting the certification of the presidential election. 

He was charged with knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds. 

It has been revealed that Chansley had a short-lived career in the Navy, where he enlisted out of Arizona as a supply clerk on September 26, 2005 before he was given the boot about two years later for refusing to take a vaccine, according to Task and Purpose.

He completed recruit training and Military Occupational Specialty school and was assigned to the USS Kitty Hawk in March 2006.

He stayed there until September 29, 2007, when he was transferred to a Transient Personnel Unit in Puget Sound in Washington state.


Chansley’s mother, Martha, said that her son was a ‘patriot’ and the ‘gentlest person I know’

He was processed out of the Navy on October 11 that same year as a seaman’s apprentice, meaning he got out of the Navy as a boot E-2 after two years and 15 days of service, about 15 years before the Capitol protest.

Navy officials have declined to provide the characterization of his discharge.

The anthrax vaccine fights against a rare, but serious bacterial illness. The military was vaccinated against it because anthrax spores have been used as biological weapons. 

The federal government mandated the military should be inoculated with the BioThrax anthrax vaccine and more than 8million doses of the vaccine were administered to more than 2 million US military personnel from March 1998 to June 2008.

However, the vaccine was a controversial one because it is effective against bacterium that’s acquired through the skin, but not when the bacterium is inhaled. Due to concerns about the safety of the vaccine in October 2004 a judge ruled that it was illegal for the federal government to mandate anthrax vaccinations.

According to Chansley’s military record notes he received the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon but no personal awards.   

Chansley, who is also known as Jake Angeli, made his initial appearance in a Phoenix federal courtroom on Monday. He’s being held in a quarantine section of a detention facility. 


Chansley has been living with his mother Martha, 56, (left and right) since January 2019 

A public defender who was representing Chansley said that his client was on an extremely restrictive diet, possibly for religious reasons.

He explained that he had not had anything to eat since he was taken into custody. 

Upon hearing the news, the judge said that it was ‘deeply concerning’ and ordered Chansley’s public defender to work with U.S. Marshals on his dietary concerns.

According to his mother, has not eaten since being detained because the detention facility won’t feed him all organic food. 

‘He gets very sick if he doesn’t eat organic food – literally will get physically sick,’ his mother Martha Chansley said. 

Jacob Chansley is known to have been a frequent participant in Trump rallies in Phoenix over the past few months and is known as the QAnon Shaman, often appearing in the same fur headdress, horns and tan pants with no shirt that he sported at the Capitol riot. 

 Chansley has previously admitted his belief in QAnon after he started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet

In November he was spotted protesting the election results outside of the Maricopa County election center in Phoenix.

In that photo, Chansley held a sign that read, ‘HOLD THE LINE PATRIOTS GOD WINS.’   

One of his tattoos is said to show the symbol of Wotanism, an acronym for ‘Will of the Aryan Nation.’ 

The FBI identified Chansley by his distinctive tattoos, which include bricks circling his biceps in an apparent reference to Trump’s border wall. 

During Monday’s hearing, Chansley addressed the judge but did not make any statements regarding the charges against him. 

‘I’m not really all that worried about it because, in all honesty…I didn’t break any laws. I walked through open doors,’ he said in an interview last week.

‘I obey the orders of the president of the United States,’ he said. 

Chansley faces two federal misdemeanors. 

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