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The accused US Capitol rioter dubbed the “QAnon Shaman” has issued a mea culpa, saying he regrets storming the citadel of democracy.
Jacob Chansley — who wore a furry headdress, horns and face paint during the Jan. 6 insurrection — said through his attorney Al Watkins that he has reevaluated his life since being jailed for over a month.
He asked people to “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,” he added.
Watkins — who unsuccessfully sought a pardon for Chansley from then-President Donald Trump — said the Senate also didn’t take up his offer to have the notorious “shaman” testify on how he was allegedly incited by the former commander-in-chief.
The lawyer said he doesn’t think it’s right for the government to prosecute people who were incited — because they too are victims.
“If you believe the government is correctly prosecuting the (former) president, you can’t at the same time hold criminally culpable those who were incited, because the people incited become victims,” Watkins told The Associated Press.
Chansley has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of civil disorder and obstructing an official proceeding, plus four other misdemeanor charges.
Authorities said Chansley disobeyed orders by an officer to leave the Capitol, refused the officer’s request to use his bullhorn to tell rioters to vacate the Senate chamber, and wrote a note to then-Vice President Mike Pence saying, “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.”
Prosecutors said the spear Chansley carried on top of a flagpole was a weapon, though Watkins has characterized it as an ornament.
While behind bars, Chansley has refused to eat because the detention facilities didn’t serve organic food.
The accused rioter, who lost 20 pounds during the latest starvation episode, said he has been following such a diet for eight years while practicing Shamanism.
Last week, a judge ordered corrections officials to provide Chansley with organic food. He was then moved to a jail in Virginia after the District of Columbia Department of Corrections said it couldn’t honor the court’s order.
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