The unprecedented siege by domestic terrorists resulted in the deaths of at least five people, the destruction of untold amounts of Capitol property, and the endangerment of every lawmaker at the Capitol that day.
One of the most wrenching images from the calamity was that of a shirtless man in horned headgear parading through the Senate floor where Vice President Mike Pence—whom the rioters sought to execute—had been just minutes before.
Senate Floor. https://t.co/HkuDt8K9Fn— Turn Texas Blue (@Turn Texas Blue)1609963983.0
Horned protester replaces Pelosi in House. He was “armed” with a US flag and Viking horns. “Armed” with a flag and… https://t.co/T71rhmtUcY— Conservative News Daily (@Conservative News Daily)1609967164.0
More information emerged in the days following the insurrection, including the identity of the horned rioter: failed actor Jacob Chansley, known in pro-Trump circles as the QAnon Shaman—a frequent presence at gatherings in support of the former President.
Chansley was soon arrested, later refusing to eat the meals he was served in prison because of a strictly organic food diet. He expressed disappointment that Trump wouldn't pardon him, claiming the former President was the one who motivated him to participate in the attempted coup.
Now, Chansley has appeared in his first public interview, attempting to defend his actions by claiming he was stopping his fellow rioters from damaging the Senate—and stealing muffins.
The "QAnon Shaman" of the January 6th attack on the Capitol tells his story for the first time from jail, as he fac… https://t.co/MO9MGGCc7S— CBS This Morning (@CBS This Morning)1614862937.0
"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 somebody from stealing muffins out of the breakroom. I also said a prayer in that sacred chamber because it was my intention to bring divinity and bring God back into the Senate."
He went on to claim he was waved into the Capitol by police officers and insisted that his intentions were peaceful.
Chansley is seeking release from prison ahead of his trial, but people aren't buying his defense.
In fact, people found it ridiculous.
The QAnon Shaman said he stopped people from stealing muffins from the breakroom on Jan. 6 I've been laughing ever since I heard that.— Covie (@Covie)1614880051.0
I have started the hashtag, #MuffinSavior, to describe Chansleys ridiculous claims that he "saved muffins in the br… https://t.co/KMe72awHUO— Free-Press The-Punohu-Report (@Free-Press The-Punohu-Report)1614882576.0
I once also stopped someone from stealing muffins in a breakroom.... am I a Shaman now?— BenzoJones (@BenzoJones)1614872827.0
Q Shaman says he wasn’t attacking our country. He sang a song and saved the breakroom muffins. 🙄 Let us not forget… https://t.co/wuaUPECSjF— 💙Nurse Nina (@💙Nurse Nina)1614868136.0
I got as far as his altruistic act of stopping someone from stealing muffins from the breakroom before I couldn't t… https://t.co/y0gMAgiFbx— LET'S GET LOUUUUUD 🇵🇷 (@LET'S GET LOUUUUUD 🇵🇷)1614881271.0
What a dumbass 🤣 https://t.co/fPUB6Efukl— Robbie Robb ! (@Robbie Robb !)1614883516.0
The interview generated buzz across the internet.
if y'all don't stop calling this asshat a shaman, i swear to god i'm going to lose it https://t.co/Oh1X67BuFL— ⚓️🚢Imani Gandy 🚢⚓️ (@⚓️🚢Imani Gandy 🚢⚓️)1614872963.0
This man has narcissism seeping out of his ears... this is the worst “spiritual” persona I’ve ever seen. https://t.co/YKI6pgOhWS— mother of a king (@mother of a king)1614883680.0
You were trespassing. You broke the law. Trump supporters want to condemn undocumented immigrants for breaking th… https://t.co/tof8NnRPfD— Chicanita glitter Boo 🇲🇽 🇭🇳 (@Chicanita glitter Boo 🇲🇽 🇭🇳)1614883218.0
Chansley faces up to 20 years behind bars.