Q-Anon ‘Shaman’: Trump Isn’t Honorable, Sorry I Stormed The Capitol
Jacob Chansley, who calls himself the “Q-Anon Shaman,” and was arrested and charged for his role in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol building, has officially issued an apology, and says that he should not have acted on what he believes then-President Donald Trump was calling for, because, he says, Trump is not honorable.
Shortly before Donald Trump’s impeachment trial began, Chansley issued a statement through his attorney, Al Watkins. According to KMOV, the statement reads as follows.
“My time in jail has permitted me to start to reanalyze my life. I am deeply committed to ahimsa, a basic principle of non-violence which applies all living creatures, large and small. There was a lot that happened over time which led up to January 6, 2021. I am working on coming to grips with that.
I am deeply disappointed in former President Trump. He was not honorable. He let a lot of peaceful people down. I have to leave judging him up to other people. It is my aim to focus on what is important at this time. What is important is for me to apologize.
I deeply regret and am very sorry I entered into the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. I should not have been there. Period. I am sorry for having aroused fear in the hearts of others. That was wrong. Period.
Please be patient with me and other peaceful people who, like me, are having a very difficult time piecing together all that happened to us, around us, and by us. We are good people who care deeply about our country.”
I was wrong. Period.”
In the statement, Chansley says he leaves others to judge Trump, who he identifies as the “former president.” While this descriptor wouldn’t typically be notable, many of Trump’s supporters continue to claim that he is still the legitimate president, making Chansley’s admission a less-than-universal one.
He also describes Trump as “not honorable,” and says that the ex-president “let a lot of peaceful people down.” It’s not clear whether he is defining the rioters who invaded the Capitol as peaceful, or if he means other supporters, who did not engage in the violent attempt to overthrow the government.
Chansley has previously expressed grave disappointment in Trump, who he implored to pardon him before leaving office.
Watkins, on Chansley’s behalf, had previously spoken on the Law&CrimeObjections, where he reiterated Chansley’s assertions that he traveled to D.C. to carry out what he believed his president had requested of him. Asked at that time if Chansley would release an apology statement, he said one would be forthcoming.