One of the most infamous images to come out of the day Trump-supporting seditionists stormed the US Capitol was one of Jake Chansley. Shirtless, and dressed in a horned hat, with his face painted, carrying a spear, Chansley’s photo was seen around the globe.
Chansley was arrested for participating in the riots, after turning himself into the FBI. He’s been charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Chansley’s mother says she doesn’t believe he did anything wrong and denies that he was part of the violence.
According to federal law, it’s illegal to go on the floor of Congress without permission or to “engage in disorderly conduct to impede, disrupt, or disturb a session of congress."
"My son is a great patriot, a veteran, a person who loves this country,” Martha Chansley told ABC 10 about her 33-year-old son.
Chansley told the reporters her son, a sef-described QAnon ‘Shaman,’ simply walked into the building and roamed the halls until he reached the Senate floor.
“If I'm not mistaken, isn’t it the people’s house?” Chansley said. “Well, I don’t have much to say about that. As far as a U.S. citizen, it should be our right to go into that building,” she said. Adding that, “Jake needs all the support he can get. He’s a great patriot and I love him.”
A resident of Phoenix, according to ABC 10, Chansley told the FBI he came to D.C. for the rally from Arizona at the request of President Donald Trump.
“The fact we had a bunch of our traitors in office hunker down, put on their gas masks and retreat into their underground bunker. I consider that a win,” Chansely reportedly told NBC news on the day of the riot.
Jake Chansley is due in court on Monday.