‘Q Shaman’ Seen Storming the Capitol Shirtless in Face Paint and a Furry Headdress With Horns Is a Navy Veteran
- Jake Angeli, the so-called “Q Shaman,” was identified by the Department of Justice as Jacob A. Chansley in a Jan. 9 statement announcing charges against him in connection with the Capitol riot.
- Chansley, who was identified as the man who stormed the Capitol in face paint and a furry headdress while holding a spear, is a Navy veteran, according to multiple reports.
- A Navy official told Task & Purpose that he was kicked out after just over two years after refusing to get vaccinated.
- Chansley, a prominent figure in the right-wing QAnon conspiracy movement, is one of several veterans who stormed the Capitol last week. He was arrested Saturday.
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Among the military veterans who stormed the Capitol last week as part of a pro-Trump mob is a man known as the “Q Shaman” who was seen in photos wearing a furry headdress with horns.
Jake Angeli, a prominent influencer in the QAnon conspiracy theory movement, was identified as Jacob Anthony Chansley in a Department of Justice statement Saturday announcing that he and two other men had been arrested and charged in connection with the riots.
The Justice Department said that Chansley, who was arrested Saturday, was identified as the man “who entered the Capitol building dressed in horns, a bearskin headdress, red, white and blue face paint, shirtless, and tan pants.”
DoJ added that the man, who was extremely visible during the riots, carried a spear about six feet in length that had an American flag tied below the blade.
He was seen in a similar outfit at an election protest in Arizona in November.
The 33-year-old Chansley, who the FBI identified by his distinct tattoos, surrendered to authorities in Phoenix, Arizona over the weekend.
As Military.com first reported, Chansley briefly served in the US Navy. He enlisted in 2005 and left in 2007 only as a supply clerk seaman apprentice.
For the majority of his two years in the armed forces, Chansley was assigned to the now-decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, according to service data provided to Insider by the Navy.
A Navy official told Task & Purpose that he was kicked out of the service after refusing to take an anthrax vaccine. Since leaving the service, Chansley has become a rising figure in the far-right QAnon movement, which appeared to fuel last week’s riots at the Capitol.
His mother, who identified him as a Navy veteran to ABC15, defended her son’s actions, characterizing them as courageous.
“He’s probably one of the gentlest people I know,” Martha Chansley told the outlet. “He’s trying to get people to hear the message. Wake up. Wake up. Don’t we still live in the United States of America?”
Chansley is one of several former service members who were involved the storming of the Capitol.
Others include retired Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Larry Rendall Brock Jr., who was spotted wearing tactical gear and carrying zip-tie handcuffs. Another Air Force veteran, Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed by Capitol Police during the riots.
Military veterans in Congress condemned former service members who participated in the assault on the Capitol.
“In attacking the Capitol, the Congress, and the Constitution that they swore to protect, any current or former military members who may have participated have disgraced themselves and committed serious crimes against the People of the United States,” Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego, a former Marine, said in a statement Monday.
While some veterans “disgraced themselves,” as Gallego said, others distinguished themselves during the chaos. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick made the ultimate sacrifice during the defense of the Capitol. The 42-year-old Air National Guard veteran was killed in the line of duty.