One of the features of the insurrection of January 6th was the tough talk of the people invaded the Capitol building with weapons in what seemed, at least on the part of some, to be an effort to take congresspeople hostage. But as soon as they were arrested, they started to whine about how they have been so misunderstood and that they were not armed insurrectionists who planned to take over the government and prevent the certification of Joe Biden as president but were merely ordinary people only doing only what the president wanted them to do.
The latest person to join this sorry spectacle was the cosplayer known as QAnon Shaman, the guy in the ridiculous makeup and wearing a fur and horns. You may recall that in one video, he proudly sat in the chair that is used by the president of the Senate and made a speech and then led a grandiose prayer for the other rioters in the room. But he is now turning on Trump and asking for mercy saying that he is a poor innocent who was misled by Trump.
With the possibility of a presidential pardon off the table, St. Louis attorney Al Watkins is lining up his client’s defense strategy
Watkins is representing perhaps the most recognizable figure from the unrest – Jacob Chansley, 33, also known as the ‘QAnon Shaman’.
“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.”
Watkins said President Trump’s inaction was a wake-up call for some, including his client.
“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,” said Watkins. “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 Jan. 6 the same.”
It turns out that Chansley was previously booted out of the Navy for refusing to take the anthrax vaccine.