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'QAnon Shaman' seems to overturn sentence, says he by no means renounced QAnon

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Jacob Angeli Chansley, who rose to
prominence because the self-described “QAnon Shaman” and have become, for a lot of,
the face of the Jan. 6 riot, is attempting to get his sentence
overturned and says he by no means renounced QAnon or felt duped by Donald Trump. 

On the similar time, he’s attempting to become profitable on his newfound fame. 

Chansley, 35, is out of jail and
again in his dwelling state of Arizona. He’s residing in north Phoenix, and is
making an attempt to rebrand himself as “America’s Shaman.” He’s making podcasts rife with conspiracy theories, promoting shaman-branded merchandise and is pitching hour-long teaching classes
for $500 a pop within the huge ranging topics of spirituality, politics,
the atmosphere, astrology, historical past, philosophy and sociology. As of
June 19, Chansley informed the Mirror he had booked a number of classes.  

Chansley in September 2021 pleaded responsible
to a felony cost of obstructing an official continuing after he
entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He entered so bare-chested, along with his
face painted and sporting his signature furry horn hat, wielding a pole
tipped with a spear and leaving a message on Vice President Mike Pence’s
desk that learn “It’s solely a matter of time, justice is coming.”

Chansley was sentenced to 41 months in jail. He was launched
to a midway home March 29, then placed on home arrest round per week
later, he informed the Arizona Mirror throughout a June 1 interview, till being
launched on three years’ probation Could 25. 

Main as much as Chansley’s plea and
sentencing, his lawyer on the time, Al Watkins, stated publicly that
Chansley felt duped by former President Donald Trump and that he
renounced QAnon. However Chansley informed the Mirror that neither of these
issues have been true. 

Watkins didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark.

“I’m not a giant fan of (Watkins), my
earlier lawyer, after I discovered all of the issues he was saying within the
media with out my consent,” Chansley stated. “He stated that I felt duped by
Trump. I by no means stated that. I by no means requested him to say that. He stated that I
denounced Q and the QAnon group. I by no means stated that. I by no means requested
him to say that.”

Chansley stated that his present lawyer
has additionally suggested him to not converse an excessive amount of about Watkins, however he informed
the Mirror he has some suspicions — which he wouldn’t share — about why
Watkins stated these issues on his behalf. 

Chansley’s pal and podcast co-host, who would solely establish himself as “Chadwick,”
stated he believes Watkins was attempting to get on the nice aspect of “the
left” and to be invited on CNN as a visitor to speak about Chansley’s

Chansley and his present lawyer,
William Shipley, are asking that his sentence for his half within the Jan. 6
riot be put aside after new U.S. Capitol safety video footage
was launched to then-Fox Information host Tucker Carlson. They declare the
footage, which federal prosecutors say was cherry-picked and omits key parts,
proves Capitol Police didn’t block Chansley’s path or try to take
him into custody for 38 minutes earlier than he entered the U.S. Senate

Shipley, a Hawaii prison protection
legal professional who has represented different Jan. 6 defendants, argued in courtroom
filings that the federal government ought to have offered the video to Chansley
and his lawyer previous to his responsible plea and sentencing. Shipley additionally
argued that Watkins was ineffective in doing his job, alleging that he
knew the federal government hadn’t offered all of the video proof out there
when Chansley signed his plea settlement. 

On the time of his sentencing,
Chansley informed the courtroom he was really repentant and accepted
accountability for his actions. However now, Chansley received’t discuss
whether or not he believes his sentence was justified, citing recommendation from
Shipley to not. 

Mike Rothschild, an writer,
journalist and conspiracy concept skilled, informed the Mirror that he
believes Chansley’s backing away from taking accountability for his
actions on Jan. 6 sends a message to his followers and followers. 

“I feel it reveals to this group
that, for those who say the suitable issues, you may get away with stuff,”
Rothschild stated. “In the event you act contrite within the second, you’ll get a lesser
sentence and the media will do loads of profiles on you, and you then
come out and go instantly proper again to hawking t-shirts and speaking
concerning the Nice Awakening.”

In accordance with the Capitol Police and the plea settlement that Chansley signed,
he ignored a number of requests from officers to go away the constructing on
Jan. 6 and shouted obscenities within the Senate gallery. Capitol Police
Chief Tom Manger identified in a earlier assertion that his power was
vastly outnumbered by protestors that day — a few of whom have been violent —
and was initially centered on de-escalating the scenario. 

And prosecutors countered Chansley’s claims in a June 6 submitting,
saying he waived his proper to problem his conviction when he signed a
plea deal. Additionally they famous that Carlson solely confirmed about 4 minutes
of Chansley’s roughly one hour contained in the U.S. Capitol. Among the many
issues the right-wing tv host didn’t present his viewers have been
Chansley breaching a police line outdoors the constructing as a part of the
crowd, or going through off with members of the Capitol Police for greater than 30
minutes outdoors the Senate chamber. 

“Chansley’s claims aren’t simply
belied by the report — they’re utterly at odds with the regret he
professed on the time of his sentencing: supposed regret that he and
his then- counsel used to nice success in looking for a decrease sentence,”
U.S. Lawyer Matthew Graves wrote within the submitting. 

The prosecutors additionally declare that they
made all video proof proven on the “Tucker Carlson Present” out there to
Jan. 6 defendants and their attorneys within the fall of 2021. 

Chadwick, nonetheless, informed the Mirror he
doesn’t consider Chansley’s punishment was warranted. Chadwick, who met
Chansley throughout protests on the Arizona Capitol grounds round 5
years in the past, hosts a podcast
known as “The Liberty Report” which has featured company like election
deniers Mike Lindell, and works with Chansley on his “Forbidden Reality”

Chadwick stated he and Chansley
traveled collectively to Washington, D.C., for Jan. 6, however obtained separated
earlier than Chansley entered the Capitol. 

“I commend how he dealt with the
scenario, however I don’t assume he deserved any of that,” Chadwick stated. In
his view, as a result of the Capitol is a public constructing, and Chansley didn’t
do any hurt or trigger harm, jail time wasn’t justified. 

“We now have the suitable to peacefully assemble,” Chadwick stated. “That’s not proper.” 

When requested if it made a distinction
that individuals died within the riot and the speedy aftermath, Chadwick stated
it was a tragedy {that a} police officer shot and killed Ashli Babbitt as
she tried to interrupt into the Speaker’s Foyer of the Capitol. He didn’t
point out the 4 different individuals who misplaced their lives that day till he was requested about them. 

“Anybody who was violent on that day,
that’s no good wherever,” Chadwick stated. “I feel any sort of meeting,
it ought to at all times be peaceable.” 

He claimed, citing a preferred
conspiracy concept, that almost all of these on the Capitol that day have been
peaceable and that solely small “pockets of violence” have been staged by
leftist provocateurs dressed up as Trump supporters. The broad
investigation of the occasions of Jan. 6, 2021 has discovered there isn’t any foundation to that concept. 

Previous to being sentenced, Chansley
was despatched to Colorado for a psychological analysis and decided to be
mentally competent, however was identified with schizotypal character

In accordance with the Cleveland Clinic, individuals with schizotypal character dysfunction
usually really feel intense discomfort with shut relationships and social
interactions and have “distorted views of actuality, superstitions and
uncommon behaviors.”

“By that rationale, there’s all kinds
of individuals on this nation which have schizotypal character dysfunction,”
Chansley stated. “I feel that being nicely adjusted in a particularly sick
society is not any measure of fine well being.”

He stated he believes his prognosis is
no less than partially due to his “shamanic beliefs,” together with that he’s a
medium between the religious and bodily world.

Chansley stated he didn’t obtain
psychological well being remedy whereas in jail, however that he’s required to
obtain a psychological well being analysis to find out if he wants counseling
as a stipulation of his probation. The analysis is ready to occur in

“Truth of the matter is I don’t have
psychological well being points,” Chansely stated in a textual content. “Anybody who converses
with me can inform that my psychological well being is sound.” 

Chansley stated he nonetheless believes some QAnon conspiracy theories
(he didn’t describe them as such), together with a model of the primary
QAnon concept that intelligence companies use proof of pedophilia to
blackmail billionaires, CEOs and entertainers to keep up management of the

“It’s so they are going to be subservient to a world new world order and one world authorities,” Chansley stated. 

However he doesn’t purchase into others
in style in segments of the QAnon motion, just like the declare that John F.
Kennedy Jr., who died in a 1999 aircraft crash, remains to be alive and plans to
be Donald Trump’s working mate within the 2024 presidential election, or
that the Earth is flat. 

“Give me a break,” Chansley stated, of the flat Earth concept. 

Chansley can be nonetheless a Trump fan, although he stated he doesn’t agree with what he known as “Trump worship.”

“Trump is a person,” Chansley stated. “He’s a fallible man. I don’t agree with every thing he does.” 

Now that he’s out of jail, Chansley
is targeted on spreading his beliefs by way of his web site, Twitter,
podcasts and training classes and persevering with the apply of his personal
model of shamanism. The beliefs, which appear to be his personal creation,
are loosely based mostly on varied religion traditions all over the world,
together with some rooted in Native American traditions. 

“I’m not what some individuals would name a
grifter,” he stated. “I’m not attempting to become profitable right here. I’m attempting to
get a message out. It’s by no means been about me. The message is unity. The
message is love, reality, forgiveness, freedom.”

When requested if he embodied these beliefs on Jan. 6, 2021, Chansley deflected. 

“The media ensured that my picture was
the antithesis of these issues when the reality is simply the alternative,” he
stated. “The media used my picture to create a straw man as a way of
making a divisive propaganda marketing campaign to additional their political,
social and psychological agenda. It’s my intention to be an agent of
unity, love, peace and forgiveness and reality as a way to save lots of the
planet and humanity from extinction.”

However Rothschild, who authored a guide
concerning the rise of QAnon, doesn’t consider that Chansley is being
solely sincere about his motives. 

“I feel, regardless of Jacob’s
protestations that it’s not concerning the cash, it’s positively concerning the
cash,” Rothschild stated. “There’s a well-established trade for
individuals who do that. And it’s very straightforward for those who’re a well-known determine in
that world to sort of slide proper into that, and it beats working.”

Chansley clearly appears to be attempting
to capitalize on his notoriety, promoting espresso cups and shirts
emblazoned along with his mugshot, along with framed prints of it, on his
web site. 

And he’s promoting these one-on-one teaching classes for $500 an hour. 

Rothschild stated he thinks Chansley
serves as a job mannequin for some within the QAnon group and that he would possibly
have an actual future as a star for the conservative fringe. 

“It’s unhappy to look at someone go down
that path and to take different individuals down that path,” Rothschild stated.
“And I feel jail might have been a chance for him to reexamine
his life and what he’s able to and use his real potential to get
consideration to assist individuals, and possibly that was by no means life like. But it surely
appears like what lots of people are hoping for. And now, clearly,
that’s by no means going to occur.”

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