QAnon conspiracy theorist Jacob Chansley has expressed regret for his participation in the pro-Donald Trump U.S. Capitol riot on January 6.
According to his attorney—Al Watkins—Chansley feels he was "duped" by Trump.
He is now blaming the former President for the insurrection that directly led to the deaths of five people and was cited as the cause of a sixth.
“[Chansley] regrets very, very much having not just been duped by the president, but by being in a position where h… https://t.co/Pr8azeLtNq— The Daily Beast (@The Daily Beast)1611438003.0
Chansley, 33, also known as Jake Angeli—the self-described "QAnon Shaman" and "Yellowstone Wolf"—is a former actor who lives in Glendale, Arizona with his mother and is a follower of QAnon.
QAnon is a far right-wing conspiracy theory group of Trump supporters that believes a deep state cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles consisting of Democrats, actors, and media runs a child sex trafficking ring and Trump was going to expose it in connection with QAnon.
Chansley was part of the far-right MAGA mob comprised largely of QAnon conspiracy theorists and White supremacists who stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn President Joe Biden's certification in the 2020 election.
The rioter was most recognizable for his red, white and blue face paint and furry headdress with horns as he was seen wandering around the Capitol carrying an American flag attached to a spear.
Chansley frequently is seen with a "Q sent me" sign on the same spear. Chansley describes himself as a "neo-Viking"—a movement with ties to White supremacy.
At one point, he was seen standing on the dais of the Senate.
This is Jake Angeli aka Jacob Chansley without his horns and coyote fur. Remember his face. https://t.co/dT13lnYEuF— Vai Velo "Wear a fucking mask!" (@Vai Velo "Wear a fucking mask!")1611346142.0
He was arrested on January 9 for federal charges of "knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds."
Trump issued dozens of pardons before leaving office, but Chansley and others charged in connection to the Capitol uprising were disappointed to learn they would not receive one.
In a statement obtained by NBC affiliate KSDK, Chansley's attorney commented on Trump's deception according to his followers:
"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."
"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."
The St. Louis attorney said of 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."
"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 January 6th the same."
A judge found Chansley's refusal to eat since being in custody "deeply concerning" and agreed he will be "provided food in line with a shaman's strict organic diet," according to ABC15. Chansley's mother gave a statement to the media describing how she only feeds her son—a very good boy—organic foods.
Despite Chansley's one-eighty and expressing regrets for his role in the seditious act at the Capitol, Twitter remained unforgiving.
@thedailybeast So now we're sorry. Now that we've been arrest. Guess we weren't thinking out that as,a possibility… https://t.co/nq4vUMQwLB— Kitsa Lee (@Kitsa Lee)1611438449.0
@thedailybeast @UROCKlive1 He regrets very very much that he got caught, he's in jail, he's no longer living in mom… https://t.co/CMELRmC0Ti— Quancy Clayborne (@Quancy Clayborne)1611440739.0
@thedailybeast Translation: Sorry I got caught in s failed coup and didn't get a pardon. Kinda like: https://t.co/EahZZUjaSI— Just the Facts (@Just the Facts)1611439226.0
@thedailybeast It's called gaslighting and doublespeak and yes you were misled. You are going to be held responsibl… https://t.co/A9bhst5Z14— 💙wear a mask💙 (@💙wear a mask💙)1611446751.0
@thedailybeast @collie_plus_8 This is a cute story, but honestly?: the moment he (or anyone for that matter) dons f… https://t.co/fiaIsS9Jct— Mumbler, 2nd Class (@Mumbler, 2nd Class)1611445899.0
@thedailybeast Ignorance of the law is no excuse. In Chansley's case, ignorance in general is no excuse.— K Bedmas (@K Bedmas)1611439481.0
Being stupid is no excuse https://t.co/dzt6OuzhsH— cjs (@cjs)1611507154.0
The Capitol breach led to the second impeachment of Donald Trump, and there have been over 100 arrests in connection to the violent uprising, according to the FBI.