Jacob Chansley has titled himself a ‘shaman’ of q-anon conspiracies, appearing at rallies and protests to proclaim the word of conspiracy theorists who genuinely believe Donald Trump is a savior crusading against pedophiles. Now, he’s locked up and awaiting trial after he joined in the breach of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6th. However, in a 60 Minutes Plus interview, Chansley paints his role in an entirely different light.
Chansley can be seen in the 60 Minutes Plus interview giving a revisionist history of the attack, in which he recasts himself as the hero who protected the Capitol Building from rioters who wanted to steal and destroy property.
Laurie Segall asks Chansley if he understands that his actions were part of an attack on the country. “No they were not, ma’am,” he replies. Instead, he describes his participation as heroic and protective.
Well, I sang a song, and that’s a part of shamanism. It’s about creating positive vibrations in a sacred chamber. I also stopped people from stealing and vandalizing that sacred space, the Senate. I actually stopped someone from stealing muffins out of the break room. I also said a prayer in that sacred chamber.
Segall explains that Chansley’s attorney, Al Watkins, considered the interview an opportunity to alter the public view of Chansley’s actions. He later takes the time to reinforce the notion that his client was following the orders of the then-President, Donald Trump, and that he is in prison merely because he entered a building through open doors.
The indictment (pdf) by the at the U.S. Justice Department lists half a dozen charges including Civil Disorder, Obstruction of an Official Proceeding, and Violent Entry & Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building.
What's Your Reaction?
Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com