Jacob Anthony Chansley, the 33-year-old heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint as he occupied the Senate dais at the U.S. Capitol last week, has made his first appearance in a Phoenix federal courtroom on Monday by video link.
Chansley, 33, who is also known as Jake Angeli, was arrested on Saturday and is being held in a quarantine section of a federal detention facility.
Chansley, who is from Phoenix, turned himself in to the FBI after returning from Washington, D.C. on Saturday morning and according to his mother, has not eaten since being detained because the detention facility won’t feed him all organic food.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, the heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint as he occupied the Senate dais, was arrested on Saturday and appeared in court in Phoenix by video-link on Monday
Chansley is pictured screaming ‘Freedom’ inside the Senate chamber after the U.S. Capitol was breached by a mob during a joint session of Congress
Chansley wearing a fur hat with horns was spotted speaking to a Capitol police officer
Jacob Anthony Chansley is pictures as he occupied the Senate dais at the US Capitol last week
Chansley’s mother, Martha, said that her son was a ‘patriot’ and the ‘gentlest person I know’
Chansley has been living with his mother Martha, 56, (left and right) since January 2019
A public defender who was representing Chansley said that his client was on an extremely restrictive diet, possibly for religious reasons.
He explained that he had not had anything to eat since he was taken into custody.
Upon hearing the news, the judge said that it was ‘deeply concerning’ and ordered Chansley’s public defender to work with U.S. Marshals on his dietary concerns.
His mother, Martha Chansley told ABC 15 that her son was a ‘patriot’ and the ‘gentlest person I know.’
She was unapologetic for her son’s role in the violent and deadly disruption of Congress on Wednesday.
Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification
Police officers try to stop supporters of President Donald Trump entering the Capitol
Jacob Anthony Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, of Arizona is pictured face-to-face with an officer
Jacob Anthony Chansley was taken into custody on Saturday and charged with counts that include violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds
Chansley was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Both charges are federal misdemeanors.
According to court documents, Chansley called the FBI field office in Washington and confirmed to an agent that ‘he was the male in the face paint and headdress in the Vice President’s chair in the Senate.’
He told the agent that he and other ‘patriots’ had come from Arizona at the request of the President that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C. on January 6th, the documents state.
The QAnon conspiracy theorist has been frequently spotted at pro-Trump rallies in Phoenix and would often appear in a similar costume consisting of horns, fur headdress without any shirt.
In November he was spotted protesting the election results outside of the Maricopa County election center in Phoenix.
Chansley is known to be a QAnon supporter.. He appeared by video link in a court on Monday
Chansley stands with other Trump supporters as they demonstrate on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defenses
Chansley poses with his face painted in the colors of the U.S. flag as supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in Washington before the protest
Chansley, a QAnon supporter has been a fixture at Arizona right-wing political rallies over the past year
Rioters swarmed Capitol Hill as Congress voted to affirm the election victory of President-elect Biden over President Trump. Rioters breached all security barriers, went up the Hill’s stairs reserved for Congressional members, and stormed the Senate floor
Chansley as pictured in one of his photos from his Facebook page
In that photo, Chansley held a sign that read, ‘HOLD THE LINE PATRIOTS GOD WINS.’
Chansley has previously admitted his belief in QAnon after he started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet
Often known as the QAnon Shaman he has become a fixture at recent right-wing rallies while decked out in his signature attire.
One of his tattoos is said to show the symbol of Wotanism, an acronym for ‘Will of the Aryan Nation.’
The FBI identified Chansley by his distinctive tattoos, which include bricks circling his biceps in an apparent reference to Trump’s border wall.
During Monday’s hearing, Chansley addressed the judge but did not make any statements regarding the charges against him.
‘I’m not really all that worried about it because, in all honesty…I didn’t break any laws. I walked through open doors,’ he said in an interview last week.
‘I obey the orders of the president of the United States,’ he said.
Protests he attended inlcude one in July where he filmed himself ranting that Covid-19 is a hoax. He was also part of a rowdy crowd of Trump supporters chanting ‘Stop the Steal’ who showed up at a tabulation center in Maricopa County on November 5
Chamsley came in for a great deal of ribbing on Twitter after news he was refusing prison food