Elon Musk called for the release of “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley, who was sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in the Capitol riot.
“Free Jacob Chansley,” the Tesla CEO and Twitter owner tweeted Friday, sharing a video of Chansley outside the Capitol, telling protesters Trump told people to go home. A Twitter user replied to Musk that he was part of the “MAGA movement”.
“I’m not part of MAGA, but I do believe in the fairness of justice,” Musk responded. “Chansley was falsely portrayed in the media as a violent criminal who tried to overthrow the state and who urged others to commit violence.”
“But here he is urging people to be peaceful and go home. And the other video shows him calmly walking in the Capitol building, being escorted by officers, and then thanking the officers.”
Musk cited footage that was recently broadcast by Fox News host Tucker Carlson and has now been widely circulated on social media, in which Chansley can be seen walking past the Capitol building with police officers.
The Associated Press stated that the claim that police escorted Chansley throughout the capitol building was false, as court documents and video footage show he entered the building and was not with her at all times. The outlet said the footage aired by Carlson left out important references.
Politics also noted that Chansley was followed inside the building by Capitol Police and repeatedly ignored officers’ orders and requests to leave in accordance with her signed plea agreement.
Chansley was one of the first 30 people to enter the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, according to a timeline of events by the Justice Department. He was sitting on a podium that was recently occupied by then-Vice President Mike Pence.
A White House spokesman said Carlson was “not credible” when he aired previously unseen footage of the Capitol riot and misleadingly claimed it was a “peaceful” gathering.
Chansley became one of the most recognizable Capitol rioters after photographs emerged of him wearing a distinctive horned headdress and red, white, and blue face paint. He was sentenced in November 2021 after pleading guilty to obstruction for his role in the rebellion.
Information Source: BI
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