Elon Musk doubles down on January 6 denial with ‘QAnon Shaman’ defense
Twitter overlord Elon Musk showed sympathy on Friday for the Capitol rioter dubbed the “QAnon Shaman,” in the billionaire’s latest effort to downplay the deadly events of January 6, 2021.
“Free Jacob Chansley”, Musk tweeted to his 130 million followers, apparently suggesting the rioter’s condemnation was unwarranted.
Chansley had earned his nickname by attacking the shirtless US Capitol on January 6 in a Viking-style furry hat and face paint, carrying an American flag tied to a spear.
For making threats and disrupting Congress as its members tried to certify the results of the 2020 election, Chansley was sentenced to 41 months in prison, or just under three and a half years.
He is one of 1,000 people to be arrested for their part in the attack on the Capitol and the security forces defending it. More than 300 people have been charged with physically assaulting or resisting officers or employees.
Yet Musk has recently begun promoting the false idea — pushed by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Fox News host Tucker Carlson and other conservatives — that the Capitol attack was in made an essentially peaceful event.
In a segment last week that was criticized by US Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger, among others, Carlson used selectively edited footage to make the breach look much tamer than it looks. really was.
Musk repeatedly promoted the segment on his Twitter page with gullible comments.
On Friday, Musk reacted to a video clip showing Chansley using a megaphone to read a tweet sent by former President Donald Trump around 3:15 p.m. on January 6.
“Follow the law and our great men and women in blue,” Trump wrote, as read by Chansley.
This, combined with other footage showing Chansley walking alongside law enforcement through the halls of the Capitol, seemed to absolve him in Musk’s mind.
“Chansley was sentenced to 4 years in prison for a non-violent tour under police escort! marveled the CEO of Twitter and Tesla. (The sentence was less than four years.) In another tweet, Musk claimed that Chansley “has been falsely portrayed in the media as a violent criminal who tries to overthrow the state and urges others to commit acts of violence. “.
“I’m not part of MAGA, but I believe in fair justice,” he added.
Chansley pleaded guilty to civil disorder, disorderly and disruptive conduct, violent entry into a building and other counts at his November 2021 sentencing hearing. Prosecutors said that ‘he broke through a police barrier to enter the Capitol and made his way to the Senate, where he shouted ‘Mike Pence is a fucking traitor’ from the dais, and led other protesters in a chant against “all tyrants, communists and globalists.
He also left a note: “It’s only a matter of time. Justice is coming!”
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