Chansley, 33, was among hundreds of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6 with the ratification of the presidential election. The man, known as “The Shaman” for his striking appearance, left a note to Vice President Mike Pence that read: “It’s only a matter of time. Justice is coming.” The attackers also broke into the office of Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi, taking items such as a laptop.
Chansley’s attorney asks for patience and compassion for people like his client, “who are not violent but have mental problems.” The judge also sees psychological problems with Chansley. According to the court, he is not aware of the seriousness of his actions and will view his actions as “peaceful and well-intentioned.” So the court believes that the man does not have a good picture of reality.
The man has previously said he is a supporter of the QAnon movement, which believes that members of the American elite are Satanic Satanists. Chansley is said to have given up on the movement. The attackers said the election was “stolen” and that Donald Trump should have returned to the White House. Trump himself also claimed that the results were wrong, but dozens of lawsuits from Republicans came to nothing.
More than 500 people were arrested for their involvement in the riots. With so much footage of the chaos circulating across social media, it often took very little effort to track down suspects. Dozens of officers were injured in the storm. The windows of the parliament building were also destroyed and smashed.
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