Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, AKA the QAnon Shaman – known for his big-horned hat, furry garb, painted face and bare chest – is currently being held without bail on federal charges in Phoenix for his participation in the January 6th storming of the Capitol.
He is now claiming he was “duped” by former President Trump who “led him down the primrose path.”
‘My client is understandably compelled to reconcile the words of the former president with the subsequent actions of the former president,’ attorney Albert S. 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 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.
‘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.
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.
Chansley is currently 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.
You’ll recall last week, the snowflake shaman made headlines when he whined about not getting organic food in jail, and went on a hunger strike.