“God, you have a president who’s been dragging you for six or seven months,” Watkins said.
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Watkins called CNN Thursday to defend Chansley on Cuomo Prime Time with host Chris Cuomo.
Watkins said his client “responded to our president’s call” comparing the relationship between Trump and his followers to the relationship between cult leader Jim Jones and members of the People’s Temple. After convincing members to move to a community in Guyana, Jones organized a mass suicide among his supporters in 1978.
Jacob Chansley, known as the “Qanon Shaman”, asks President Trump’s forgiveness. He believes Trump invited him to enter the Capitol, says his lawyer.
My client “felt like he was answering our president’s call,” says Albert Watkins. pic.twitter.com/iccAp5sRDO
– Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) January 15, 2021
In a detention motion filed Thursday, prosecutors said Chansley was one of the first rioters in the building, disobeyed a Capitol police officer’s order to leave the house and instead went to the Senate, where he spent only a few minutes on one of Vice President Mike’s Pence sat in front of the vacated space.
Chansley then wrote a note to Pence saying, “It’s only a matter of time before justice comes,” prosecutors said.
Chansley, who is unemployed and regularly uses psychedelics like mushrooms and peyote, also has mental health problems.
“Chansley has spoken openly about his belief that he is an alien, a higher being, and he is here on earth to ascend to another reality,” the motion said. Chansley has spoken out in favor of hanging “traitors” in the US government.