‘QAnon Shaman:’ He Carried Spear and Howled in the Capitol Assault. He claims that he tried unsuccessfully for calm among the crowd.


This week marks exactly one anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by insurgents. 

The most well-known of all the rioters are the “Mythic Rioters”. “QAnon Shaman”Jacob Chansely, who was convicted of his role in the riot, is serving a 41-month sentence at federal prison. 

Chansley spoke only with Lisa Guerrero, Inside Edition chief investigative reporter, from Oklahoma behind bars. He was speaking on speakerphone with Martha Chansley, Chansley’s mother.

“Considering the fact that I’m not in solitary confinement anymore, I’m better than I was when I was in solitary,”Jacob Chansley.

The Jan. 6, Capitol Assault was characterized by the bare-chested rioter, who led the insurrectionists through Congress wearing a fur headdress and horns and carrying a spear and bullhorn adorned with the American Flag. 

Chansley then made his move to the Senate dais, leaving behind a threatening message for Vice President Mike Pence. 

Chansley replied that he regrets not participating when Chansley was asked. “In retrospect, one thing I can say that I regret is not working to ensure that there was far more peace on that day. Had I known what was going to happen, I would have stepped in before any barricades were breached. I actually tried to, on more than one occasion, calm the crowd. But it just didn’t work.”

Chansley was caught on camera shouting and howling in the Capitol halls. He blames the media, who portray him as eccentric and unhinged. 

“You’re a grown man. You chose to go to the Capitol that day. Many people look at you as the face of Jan. 6 and are appalled. What is your response to those people?” Guerrero asked.

“As far as being ‘the face,’ that’s something that the media made me. I didn’t make myself anything,”Chansley said.

Inside Edition spoke with Martha Chansley, his mother. She is standing beside her son. She said that then-President Donald Trump had invited everyone to go to the Capitol. 

“I feel really passionate about how wrong I think it is that he is even doing any time at all,”Martha Chansley spoke.

The FBI is still hunting for 350 suspects involved in assaults on Capitol police and they’re appealing for help. 

A man was seen beating cops with a 6-foot-long pole. Another saw spraying bear spray at officers fighting with rioters. And a third used an electric cattle prod.

According to the attorney general 725 people have been charged and arrested in connection to the invasion of Capitol.