U.S. Capitol rioter Jacob Chansley—also known as the “QAnon Shaman”—claimed “we won the f***ing day. Donald Trump is still our president,” as he left the scene of the insurrection citing the now ex-president’s instructions, newly emerged video shows.
Chansley, who goes by the alias Jake Angeli, became one of the most recognizable people to take part in the January 6 attack, during which he roamed the halls of the building wearing face paint and a furry hat with horns.
Asked why he appeared to be leaving the Capitol, he replied: “Donald Trump asked everybody to go home.”
The then-president had appealed for people to leave the scene in a video message released hours after the rioting got underway. Asked why he thought Trump did so, he said: “Because, dude, he won the f***ing day, he f***ing won!”
How? “He won by sending a message to the senators and the congressmen, he won by sending a message to Pence, okay, that if they don’t do as it is their oath to do, if they don’t uphold the Constitution then we will remove them from office, one way or another,” Chansley added.
Trump had earlier appealed for his supporters to demonstrate outside the Capitol over baseless claims of widespread electoral fraud in the 2020 presidential vote. Early on January 6, Trump said he would retain the presidency if Pence “comes through for us.” Pence did not have the authority to overturn the results.
At the end of the new video, a bystander says: “This guy [the videographer] is not on on side,” before Chansley states: “I’m fine with being recorded. All I can say is, we won the f***ing day. Donald Trump is still our president.”
CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan said the video appeared from Parler archives, obtained by a computer programmer before the platform was taken offline.
It has been unearthed just days before the opening of Trump’s Senate trial, in which the president will deny a charge of “incitement of insurrection” in the Capitol riot.
Chansley’s lawyer told Newsweek on January 29 that his client is willing to testify in the impeachment trial, “accepts responsibility” for having been incited by Trump and “feels strongly that he needs to do everything he can to help the government.”
Attorney Albert Watkins also said some rioters, including Chansley, “feel betrayed” by Trump overlooking their calls for pardons during his final days in office.
They include: civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, as well as parading, demonstrating and picketing in a Capitol building
Separately, Trump’s second impeachment trial is expected to begin on Tuesday.
The rules, including whether or not witnesses will be called, are due to be agreed first. A two-thirds majority in the Senate is required for Trump to be convicted.