After gaining instant infamy, the bare-chested man who stormed the U.S. Capitol while wearing American flag-style face paint and a furry horned hat, is once again grabbing headlines -- this time for refusing to eat non-organic food while in jail, his mother says.
Since then, a judge has ruled that the jail must feed organic food to 33-year-old QAnon conspiracy theorist and YouTuber Jacob Anthony Chansley, a.k.a. Jake Angeli, a.k.a. the QAnon Shaman.
Images of Chansley inside the Capitol were plastered across front pages worldwide. Those images helped police arrest Chansley on Saturday. Chansley's mother, Martha Chansley, is unapologetic for her son’s actions, saying he's a hero:
It takes a lot of courage to be a patriot, OK, and to stand up for what it is that you believe. Not everybody wants to be the person upfront. He’s probably one of the gentlest people I know,” Martha said. “He’s trying to get people to hear the message. Wake up. Wake up. Don’t we still live in the United States of America?”
In an interview with Newsy, Chansley said of his charges:
I'm not really all that worried about it because, in all honesty...I didn't break any laws. I walked through open doors."
Chansley, an Arizona resident, who compares himself and his actions to those of Mohandas K. Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., is facing charges for "knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds," acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin said. Both charges are federal misdemeanors.
Chansley is now in an Arizona jail waiting for his first court appearances, and while there, he refused to eat any jail food because it is not organic, according to reporter Melissa Blasius.
In a tweet, Blasius said:
Jacob Chansley, AKA Jake Angeli, Arizona man makes first court appearance in for charges related to storming the U.S. Capitol. His mom says he hasn’t eaten since Friday because the detention facility won’t feed him all organic food."
Since then, a judge has ruled that Chansley must be served organic food, after Chansley made the request to a judge telephonically while being held in jail quarantine.
Martha Chansley, Jacob's mother, told ABC 15 of her son's diet:
He gets very sick if he doesn't eat organic food - literally [he] will get physically sick."
The outrageous request from Chansley was meet with scorn, anger, and mocking humor on social media. Former Democratic Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill tweeted about the demand, saying:
Ok, this is funny. Organic food demanded by domestic terrorists."
Below, 2News has collected social media responses to Chansley's organic jail food request.
Twitter user @TheRealHoarse tweeted:
It's a jail, Jacob. It isn't a Whole Foods."
Ross Wenk tweeted:
Hold on...an unemployed man living in his mother's basement will only eat organic?"
Mike Dorsey tweeted:
This dude sounds super ready for the hardships of a protracted civil war."
Check out more responses below.
Chansley, who had become a staple in his costume at pro-Trump protests across the country, is now among dozens of people arrested in the wake of the Capitol invasion by a large mob of Trump supporters enraged over his election loss.
The rioters took over the House and Senate chambers, smashed windows and waved Trump, American and Confederate flags, forcing lawmakers to halt their voting to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and go into hiding for hours.