Being shirtless, heavily-tattooed, while wearing viking horns, deer fur, and red, white and blue face paint as you illegally enter the Capitol building with literally thousands of cameras taking pictures of you is not a way to keep a low profile.
33-year old Jacob Chansley, otherwise known as the “QAnon Shaman,” was one of the protesters arrested and charged with a slew of crimes, including civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, disorderly conduct in a restricted building, and demonstrating in the Capitol building. Since his arrest in Arizona, he has been in the news for refusing to eat until he is provided organic food in jail.
Now Chansley is making headlines again. As his attorney Albert Watkins explains in a statement he released, he wants President Trump to grant him a pardon. “Mr. Chansley is an American; he served honorably in the U.S. military. He has zero criminal history. My client had heard the oft-repeated words of President Trump. The words and invitation of a president are supposed to mean something. Given the peaceful and compliant fashion in which Mr. Chansley comported himself, it would be appropriate and honorable for the president to pardon Mr. Chansley and other like-minded, peaceful individuals who accepted the president’s invitation with honorable intentions.”
Watkins elaborated further on CNN in an interview with Chris Cuomo. “My client did not break into the Capitol. My client had the doors to the Capitol held for him by Capitol Police. My client did not shroud his face in secrecy, he wasn’t wearing a bulletproof vest. My client was not armed, he didn’t have zip ties. My client fought, or was in the military, served honorably. No criminal background whatsoever. And he, like a lot of other disenfranchised people in our country, felt very, very, very solidly in sync with President Trump. They felt, he felt, like his voice was for the first time, being heard.”