Protesters interact with Capitol Police inside the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Congress held a joint session to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
The man who gained international notoriety as the “QAnon Shaman” during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol appeared Friday on the podcast of Colorado conservative activist Joe Oltmann, whose FEC United group has ties to many Republican figures and organizations throughout the state.
Jake Angeli, a 34-year-old Arizona man who was born Jacob Chansley, was sentenced by a federal judge last month to a 41-month prison sentence for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Photos and videos of Angeli shirtless and wearing a horned headdress on the floor of the U.S. Senate became some of the event’s most well-known images.
Angeli joined Oltmann’s “Conservative Daily” podcast remotely from detention in Washington, D.C., two weeks after it was announced that he had fired his previous attorney and filed an appeal against his sentence in U.S. District Court.
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“We’re going to call him America’s Shaman,” Oltmann said. “Just show respect for the fact that he showed up at the Capitol, and was highly respectful — prayed — and he just got sentenced to 41 months in a federal jail.”
Oltmann, a former digital marketing CEO from Douglas County, founded FEC United last year. He was instrumental in spreading baseless conspiracy theories alleging that Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems helped rig the 2020 election against former President Donald Trump. On Jan. 6, he was present in what he called a “command center” of top Trump allies like Rudy Giuliani in Washington, D.C.’s Willard Hotel.
In recent weeks, Oltmann has repeatedly called for the mass executions of some elected officials, including Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and U.S. senators, as well as members of the mainstream media and others he deems to be “treasonous traitors.” His comments have been denounced by some Colorado Republican figures with past affiliations with Oltmann and FEC United, while others have remained silent.
Angeli traveled to D.C. ahead of Jan. 6 after becoming a fixture at rallies and protests in Arizona, where he donned his shaman costume and held signs promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory. He was arrested shortly after the insurrection and ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing a congressional proceeding as part of a plea deal.
In a live interview that lasted nearly two hours on Friday, Angeli declined to discuss the details of his case with Oltmann and co-host Max McGuire. Instead, he spoke at length about topics ranging from John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the 2020 election, critical race theory, anti-vaccine sentiments, Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War,” the Rothschild and Bilderberg families, Chinese government surveillance and Tesla coils, which he said were a source of “infinite free clean energy” that could control the weather and lead to “the next stage of evolution.”
Asked by McGuire about his treatment by the criminal justice system, Angeli compared himself to historical figures like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jesus Christ.
“This is what every single great leader, what every pioneer of sorts, has had to go through,” Angeli said. “When you challenge a system that is so heavily corrupt, when you speak truth to power, what it does is it sends ripples throughout the world. This is part of the reason why, while I’m upset about what happened to me … at the same time, I’m doing all I can to be strong and courageous and wear the full armor of God.”
“I am whatever the country needs me to be,” he continued. “That’s part of the role of the shaman — to be the one that fights the spiritual war for the people, to be the one that shows the people the flaws within its system, within its culture, and helps them to repair those flaws.”
“It’s great to have this conversation, and break the barriers of what they’ve been saying about him,” Oltmann said after Angeli’s appearance. “He’s not crazy. He is a patriot.”
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