As an angry crowd descended upon the Capitol on January 6th, Americans were largely shocked by what they saw, the gravity of which would continue to settle in around us for days to come.
Among those images were some peculiar sites, not the least of which was a shirtless man, wearing what appeared to be leather pants and a large, fur hat adorned with tails and horns. We would later come to find out that this man was known as the “Qanon Shaman”…and his name was Jake.
Jake found himself swiftly arrested, charged with some fairly serious crimes. His lawyer is asking Donald Trump for a pardon.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, who also goes by the name “QAnon Shaman,” turned himself in to authorities Saturday after he traveled to Washington, D.C., at Trump’s call for “patriots” to take a stand against the election results.
His attorney Albert Watkins is now making a plea for a pardon, stating that Chansley was not involved in Wednesday’s violence and surrendered peacefully.
“My client had heard the oft-repeated words of President Trump,” Watkins said, according to local CBS station KMOV4. “The words and invitation of a president are supposed to mean something. Given the peaceful and compliant fashion in which Mr. Chansley comported himself, it would be appropriate and honorable for the president to pardon Mr. Chansley and other like-minded, peaceful individuals who accepted the president’s invitation with honorable intentions.”
The idea that a court would decide on the merit of the argument that Trump himself was an antagonist could create a complicated legal situation for the President in the coming weeks.