Trump 'groomed millions of Americans', claims 'QAnon Shaman' Jake Angeli blaming ex-POTUS for conspiracy fever
Jake Angeli, who became famous as the "QAnon Shaman" after he was caught on cameras shirtless with a painted face and a furry horned hat at the Capitol riots on January 6 that left five dead, has now accused former President Donald Trump of "grooming" Americans by using "mass communication means".
Angeli, also known as Jacob Chansley, reportedly put the blame at Trump for the conspiratorial fever that has swept the United States as part of a new statement filed by his attorney Albert Watkins on Thursday, February 25, which sought his freedom.
"For years during the Trump administration, the President honed and routinely utilized his mass communication means to effectively groom millions of Americans with respect to his policies, protocols, beliefs and overwhelming fixation on all matters conspiratorial," the motion stated, according to Newsweek.
"Months before the 2020 Presidential election, former President Trump heightened his public propaganda such as to alarm, alert, and amass his supporters and cause them to be concerned about an inevitable voter fraud being perpetrated upon the United States of America and, in turn, theft of our nation, loss of our democracy, and the seating of a falsely/fraudulently elected individual other than former President Trump," the motion added.
Angeli from Arizona, who used to be a Trump loyalist, turned against the former president after his arrest. He had said that he was "deeply disappointed in former President Trump" on February 8, despite seeking a pardon from the outgoing president just weeks earlier. Earlier last week, it was reported that Angeli was disappointed at the news of Trump deciding to pardon rapper Lil Wayne.
According to court documents that were released on Tuesday, February 23, the lawyers for Angeli said that their client now vows to dedicate his life to "not harming any living being" in his bail motion. Adding to his version of the story in bail arguments, his lawyers said Angeli's "self-analyzing" is work in progress and has been instrumental in his conclusion that he has no interest in dealing with political matters.
They added that Angeli would rather 'focus his energies and efforts on strengthening his commitment to his faith and to the principle of Ahimsa, being one which promotes living a life which does no harm to any living being, regardless of its size of complexity." The bail motion also consists of his apology and adds that he has no history of criminal activities.
Angeli's efforts of testifying twice at Trump's impeachment was also part of the motion. Earlier this month, he had voiced out his regret of storming the Capitol. "I deeply regret and am very sorry I entered into the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. I should not have been there. Period," he said in a statement on ABC27.