Jacob Anthony Chansley stormed the United States Capitol in his self-described neo Viking garb armed with a spear. Arizona resident Chansley—who calls himself Jake Angeli the QAnon Shaman—aided in an insurrection where some people disclosed plans to murder members of Congress and chanted "hang Mike Pence."
Five people—including a Capitol police officer—died at or as a result of the attack on the Capitol and a second officer's death was attributed to the violent insurrection. After breaking windows and doors at the Capitol, rioters wandered around inside committing acts of theft and vandalism while livestreaming and posing for photos then walked out the doors and rejoined more rioters outside.
Most of the Capitol rioters acted in the name of preposterous conspiracy theories and disproven claims about the 2020 election. The level of privilege and entitlement were noted by many online.
So perhaps it shouldn't be surprising Chansley would feel entitled to demand organic food in jail.
Nevertheless, people all over the internet are slack-jawed the "QAnon Shaman" has been refusing to eat while in custody until he is given the all organic food his mother claims he needs.
If you pitched this as an SNL sketch, you'd be kicked out of the writer's room.
Jacob Chansley, AKA Jake Angeli, Arizona man makes first court appearance in for charges related to storming the U.… https://t.co/u8mHAXS8qR— Melissa Blasius (@Melissa Blasius)1610399729.0
Under court order, authorities agreed to feed Chansley only organic food in accordance with his so-called "Shamanic diet."
Jacob's mother Martha—with whom the 33-year-old Chansley lives—told Phoenix, Arizona's ABC 15 her son is physically unable to eat non-organic food.
"He hasn't eaten since Friday and he gets very sick if he doesn't eat organic food—literally, will get physically sick."
That is, of course, not a thing.
Get da f**k outta here. I have incarcerated Native brothers & sisters who literally cannot pray in our cultural way… https://t.co/2q2DczdYkI— Dallas Goldtooth (@Dallas Goldtooth)1610593803.0
@dallasgoldtooth Even when white people are “supposedly” punished in federal prison they have more rights than Natives.— Wagon Burner 🪶 (@Wagon Burner 🪶)1610594022.0
Most of Chansley's life, it seems, is not a real thing.
He is a well-known figure in the QAnon movement, a debunked conspiracy theory which posits the entire world is run by a nefarious cabal of Satan-worshipping child molesters that includes everyone from Bill Gates and Madonna to Tom Hanks and President-elect Joe Biden.
Adherents of the QAnon conspiracy believe Donald Trump is part of an undercover effort to rid the world of this nefarious group of world leaders once and for all and these deep state leaders stole the November election in order to stop Trump from revealing their crimes.
A large number of the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol last week are followers of this bizarre theory. Many also believe in White supremacy and White nationalism, claiming the United States is meant to be a White Christian theocracy.
Chansley was among the rioters last week and was filmed and photographed running amok through the Capitol shirtless with red, white and blue face paint and a pair of Viking horns and fur on his head. At one point he made it all the way to the dais of the Senate chamber where Vice President Pence had been earlier in the day to oversee the certification of Joe Biden's election win.
Chansley—whose occupation is listed as voice actor—was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. His mother told the press he was a good boy and did nothing wrong.
On Twitter, people could not believe the absurdity of Chansley's demands.
@MelissaBlasius @abc15 It’s a jail, Jacob. It isn’t a Whole Foods.— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1610403100.0
One of the defining features of this era has been the most fragile of snowflakes, the brittlest of spirits, masquer… https://t.co/2L7Dclxcvm— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1610410281.0
Jake Angeli, the guy at the Capitol in the horns and pelts, ended his hunger strike after being granted a prison di… https://t.co/Y0k9ZM81JD— Steve Hofstetter (@Steve Hofstetter)1610432855.0
@MelissaBlasius @abc15 This dude sounds super ready for the hardships of a protracted civil war— Mike Dorsey (@Mike Dorsey)1610401162.0
@jaketapper Honestly, so much of MAGA can be summed up in two words. “Arrested Development”. And I don’t mean the… https://t.co/uw8BErwBUA— Majestic12: Antifa Taco Truck On Every Corner Czar (@Majestic12: Antifa Taco Truck On Every Corner Czar)1610412208.0
@MelissaBlasius @abc15 Hold on...an unemployed man living in his mother's basement will only eat organic?— Ross Wenk 🏴☠️🇺🇸 (@Ross Wenk 🏴☠️🇺🇸)1610400945.0
@JackJackington @MelissaBlasius @abc15 https://t.co/Cu5BQVwgqs— Radical Moderate (@Radical Moderate)1610403353.0
A white insurrectionist is getting organic food in jail while stolen brown kids are struggling to receive basic nutrition in cages.— Xorje Olivares (@Xorje Olivares)1610459191.0
A judge has ordered that QShaman must be served organic food because of religious dietary restrictions. I want to see his Shaman card.— Renee Libby 🇺🇸 (@Renee Libby 🇺🇸)1610458610.0
Despite the charges against him, Chansley also maintains he has done nothing wrong. He has not yet entered a plea.