He quickly became one of the most recognisable images from the riots at the Capitol in the US last week.
Wearing horns and fur and brandishing a spear, Jacob Anthony Chansley (also known as Jake Angeli) became the face that launched a thousand memes.
Now his mother has told reporters outside the courthouse that her son hasn’t eaten anything in jail. She says it’s because he hasn’t been provided non-organic food, The Arizona Republic says.
Chansley is from Phoenix, and surrendered himself to the FBI over the weekend. His surrender came after authorities shared pictures of rioters they were looking for.
He was presented in his first federal court hearing on Monday.
“He gets very sick if he doesn’t eat organic food,” his mother is quoted as saying by the newspaper.
His public defender told the judge that Chansley had not eaten since being taken into custody. They said he is on an extremely restrictive diet, possibly for religious reasons. Judge Deborah Fine called this “extremely concerning”, and told the public defendant to work with the U.S. Marshal’s Office to sort it.
David Gonzales is the U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona, told ABC15 that they will “abide by the judge’s order,” and provide food as requested.
Ms Chansley has also been defending her son’s involvement in the riot at the Capitol. In an interview with ABC-15 she said, “It takes a lot of courage to be a patriot, OK, and to stand up for what it is that you believe.”
Meanwhile, Chansley told NBC News he doesn’t believe he did anything wrong: “I walked through an open door, dude.”
He went viral on social media after pictures of him were taken standing bare-chested in the Senate chamber, wearing horns and fur, and his face painted with the colours of the US flag. In one photo he is holding a spear.
Chansley was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds.
He describes himself as a QAnon digital warrior, a shaman, an ordained minister, a published author, a former YouTube personality and a Trump supporter.
According to court documents Chansley told the FBI he came to Washington “as a part of a group effort, with other ‘patriots’ from Arizona, at the request of the President that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C. on January 6, 2021”.
The FBI has released more than 40 images of people inside or around the Capitol it seeks help to identify. Five people died in the riot, which has been condemned across the US and the world.
ABC News is warning of further possible attacks. “The FBI received information about an identified armed group intending to travel to Washington, DC on January 16,” the bulletin reads (via ABC News). “They have warned that if Congress attempts to remove POTUS via the 25th Amendment, a huge uprising will occur.”
More than 10,000 National Guard troops are expected to be in Washington D.C. by the weekend, with 5000 more available if needed. Back in 2017, Trump’s inauguration featured 8000 National Guard troops being deployed.
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