Arizona horned rioter says only regret is entering Senate chamber
PHOENIX — The Arizona man who stormed the Capitol sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns said in an interview Thursday his only regret from that day was entering the Senate chamber.
In a 60 Minutes+ interview set to air on Paramount+ Thursday evening, Jacob Chansley claimed that his actions weren’t an attack on the United States.
“That is the one very serious regret that I have, was believing that when we were waved in by police officers, that it was acceptable,” Chansley said.
Chansley was among hundreds of pro-Trump supporters who charged past outnumbered police officers and stormed the Capitol as Congress was meeting to certify Joe Biden’s electoral win.
While in the Senate chamber, Chansley left a note that prosecutors say threatened former Vice President Mike Pence, according to a brief filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.
According to the brief on Chansley’s case, the note left on the Senate dais said, “it’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.” Prosecutors said that was a threat to Pence.
“Although he stated his note was not a threat, the Government strongly disagrees,” the brief says.
Chansley, also known as the “QAnon Shaman,” called himself a “lover of my country.”
He has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of civil disorder and obstructing an official proceeding, plus four other misdemeanor charges.
“And I also said a prayer in that sacred chamber,” Chansley said. “Because it was my intention to bring divinity and to bring God back into the Senate.”