The ‘Q Shaman’ on Why He Stormed the Capitol Dressed as a Viking

Police confront protesters — including the “QAnon Shaman,” Jacob Angeli Chansley (center) — on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the entrance to the Senate, January 6, 2021. (Mike Theiler/Reuters)

Editor’s Note: Chansley was arrested Saturday morning and charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according to a press release issued by The Department of Justice.

Jacob Angeli Chansley says he traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to oppose tyranny.

He went, he said, to protest governments that have shuttered businesses during the pandemic, told citizens to avoid their own family members, and mandated that people wear masks.

He went to oppose the recent coronavirus stimulus package and omnibus spending bill that sent billions of

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Ryan Mills is an enterprise and media reporter at National Review. He previously worked for 14 years as a breaking news reporter, investigative reporter, and editor at newspapers in Florida. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan lives in the Fort Myers area with his wife and two sons.


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