Speaking from prison: ‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley compares himself to Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesus Christ.
In a podcast interview from prison, Capitol rioter Jacob Chansley, also known as the “QAnon Shaman” compares himself to Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Jesus Christ. Chansley was sentenced to 41 months in prison for his involvement in the insurrection last month.
He garnered notoriety for attending the Capitol riot while donning a horned hairy helmet. “This is what every single great leader has had to go through,” Chansley said on Friday on the “Conservative Daily” podcast hosted by right-wing figure Joe Oltmann.
“What it does is send ripples around the world when you confront a system that is so deeply corrupt, when you speak truth to power.”
Chansley agreed to plead guilty to one count of obstruction of justice in November for his involvement in the Capitol insurrection on January 6. He is appealing the judgment which appears to be one of the harshest sentences ever handed out to a Capitol rioter.
The “QAnon Shaman” stated on the program that he was presently being held in Virginia while awaiting assignment to a Bureau of Prisons facility following his punishment. He said “I can be anything the country wants me to be.” “That’s part of the shaman’s responsibility.” Also, “to be the one who fights the spiritual war for the people,” he added.
Chansley used his 2 hours podcast appearance to speak at length about his prison conditions and political ideas, while saying he couldn’t disclose facts about his case due to the pending appeal. He said he had spent over 300 days in “administrative segregation” which he described as “solitary confinement.”
Despite being informed it was for his protection, Chansley claimed he didn’t believe it since during a stay in a Colorado jail, he was greeted cordially by other inmates who stated they recognized him from television.
He compared solitary confinement to “soft torture” and said that the stress of being in prison and solitary confinement had led him to grow white hair all over his body. “I’ve been spending each and every day not wanting to live but also not wanting to die for many months,” Chansley added.
Chansley informed the podcast hosts that he isn’t permitted to use the internet, but that he keeps up with current events like Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial by listening to the radio on a walkman.
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