Elon Musk’s latest project: Defending the QAnon Shaman and his role on January 6

With Tesla competition(Opens in a new tab) heating, an impossible to-meet the Neuralink deadline and tank(Opens in a new tab) The revenue from Twitter, one would think that Elon Musk has his hands full. But by publicly demoting a respected former employee and questioning the employee’s disability, Musk launched a new project.

Over the past day, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX took to Twitter to defend Jacob Chansley, better known as QAnon Shaman. Chansely is one of the most recognizable figures since the storming of the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, where he and thousands of others tried to overturn the results of the presidential election and declare Donald Trump the winner.

“Free Jacob Chanceley,” Musk he tweeted(Opens in a new tab) on Friday about the right-wing conspiracy theorist who joined the pro-Trump mob storming the Capitol building.


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Musk included a video in his post showing Chanceley in the infamous, now-infamous QAnon Shaman pose, including the face, horned helmet, and fur hat. In the video, Chancely reads a Trump tweet from late in the day on Jan. 6 telling his supporters to leave the Capitol and go home. Chansley announces that he is going to comply with Trump’s request in the clip.

In another tweet, Musk shared an additional clip that aired on Fox New Tucker Carlson Tonight which shows Chancely following Capitol Police as he enters the Senate floor.

“Chanceley sentenced to 4 years in prison for a non-violent, police-escorted tour!” Musk he said(Opens in a new tab) in the tweet, repeating the same language the Fox News host used in the clip. “Dave Chapelle was violently attacked on stage by a guy with a knife. This guy got a $3,000 fine and no jail time.”

Musk continued to defend Chansley in replies to other Twitter users.

“Chancellie was falsely portrayed in the media as a violent criminal who tried to overthrow the state and who incited others to commit violence.” he tweeted(Opens in a new tab) Musk. “But here he is urging people to be peaceful and go home.”

“The Capitol Police literally opened the Senate door to him on camera!” Musk said to another answer(Opens in a new tab) about how events were controlled on Instagram. “But who are you going to believe, Instagram’s ‘data controllers’ or your own lies!?”

Musk’s recent remarks on Jan. 6 come after Republicans, who now control the House, provided hours of previously unseen security camera footage to Fox News’ Carlson. The host did several segments last week showing footage of the pro-Trump mob, which broke doors and windows to enter the Capitol that day, mingling inside the building and not actively acting violent. at once.


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However, like Carlson, Musk has misrepresented what happened to his audience of more than 130 million Twitter followers.

Much of what is seen in this footage has previously been shown through clips taken by those inside the building and made public. In the month following the January 6 riot, the Capitol Police investigated(Opens in a new tab) dozens of officers over video shared on social media showing officers escorting and assisting rioters.

While Chansley’s wacky costume certainly shaped the media coverage around him, he was one of the first to enter the building that day. In a video(Opens in a new tab) presented at his trial, Chancely is seen with the group smashing windows in the Capitol building. He also appears to enter through one of the breached doors. In addition, Chansley left behind a “threatening(Opens in a new tab)Letter to then-Vice President Mike Pence at the Capitol building.

As for the “unseen” video of Chansley telling rioters to go home on Trump’s orders, that too has long been accessible online. In fact, just one month after the storming of the Capitol, Congresswoman Diana Dergett entered plan(Opens in a new tab) by Chancely reading Trump’s tweet into the Congressional Record to show that then-President Trump was in a position to control the mob and could have ended the riots sooner if he chose.

Additional plan(Opens in a new tab) of Chansley reciting Trump’s tweet was played last summer at a Jan. 6 hearing. This moment was also captured in final report(Opens in a new tab) by the Commission of January 6.

Chancely eventually pleaded guilty in November 2021 to “one count of obstructing official proceedings,” a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison. The man known as QAnon Shaman is currently serving sentence of 41 months. Also, contrary to Musk’s claim, the man who attempted to stab comedian Dave Chappelle was was convicted(Opens in a new tab) in prison for 270 days.

Musk appeared to walk back his earlier, more affirmative statements about the QAnon Shaman’s innocence in his latest tweet late Friday.

“Yes, I agree he should get zero punishment, but four years in prison is too much for a non-violent crime,” Musk said. he tweeted(Opens in a new tab) in response to another user.

However, as of Saturday morning, Musk was back on track with his initial statements, even mockingly referencing an earlier interview with Chancellery in which he claimed he blocked fellow Trump supporters. stealing muffins in the Capitol building.

“Let him out” he said(Opens in a new tab) Musk. “This shaman/muffin-keeper is obviously not going to overthrow the state.”

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