By
Charlotte Tyler
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November 13, 2023
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11:30 pm

'QAnon Shaman' from January 6th protest registers for congressional candidacy in 2024

Arizona's Jacob Chanley, known as the "QAnon Shaman," has announced that he will run for Congress in 2024. 

Chansley, 35, rose to notoriety after entering the Capitol Building on Jan. 6 2021, wearing animal skins, horns, and having his face and body painted.

The uniquely adorned rioter quickly became the poster child for the kerfuffle that took place on Capitol Hill during the protests to the certification of the 2020 presidential election, as Fox News reported.

Last Thursday, the 35-year-old submitted a statement of interest that, according to the Associated Press, indicates he intends to compete as a Libertarian for the 8th Congressional District seat in Arizona in the upcoming year.

Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) declared in October that she would not be pursuing re-election to the seat to which she was initially elected in 2018 at the age of 64.

If not re-elected, her term will conclude in January 2025.

Chansley was seen in numerous pictures and videos, showing him carrying an American flag before being escorted out of the building by Capitol Police.

However, much of the footage showed that during his time in the Capitol building, at least nine officers were seen close to the shirtless, fir-wearing demonstrator, and none of them seemed to try to slow him down.

After the riot was over, Chansley was arrested and charged in connection with the events of January and pleaded guilty to civil disorder and violent entry in September of 2021.

He was subsequently sentenced to 41 months in prison in November of the same year but only served about 27 months before being transferred to a halfway house in March of 2023.

During his sentencing hearing, the accused said he was "wrong for entering the Capitol," but he did not excuse his actions.

"I am in no way, shape or form a violent criminal… no way a domestic terrorist," Chansley said. "I'm a good man who broke the law. … I am truly repentant for my actions."

Chansley had referred to himself in the past as the "QAnon Shaman," but he has now distanced himself from the QAnon movement.

He is one of the more than 700 people who have been sentenced in connection with federal crimes related to the Capitol incident.

According to many eyewitnesses and video footage of the events that took place on Capitol Hill that day, there were officers who seemed to indicate they were allowed in the Congressional buildings. However, many of those who entered were seen to have exploited the situation, with some going into congressional offices and putting their feet on desks, etc.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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