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Wed May 19, 2021, 08:30 PM

Attorney for 'QAnon Shaman' questions mental abilities of his client, others in Jan. 6 riot

Source: Washington Post

The attorney representing Jacob Anthony Chansley, also known as the “QAnon Shaman,” has spent months arguing that Donald Trump is responsible for his client storming the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Now, he says Chansley and other accused Capitol rioters were especially susceptible to being duped by baseless claims about election fraud. In expletive-laden remarks to Talking Points Memo, lawyer Albert Watkins pointed to their mental abilities, using a pejorative for people with intellectual disabilities. “These are people with brain damage,” Watkins said. He went on to say that the alleged rioters deserved empathy, arguing they’re not “bad people.” Their actions came, he said, after they were subjected to what he described as “propaganda” not seen since Adolf Hitler.

Chansley, a 33-year-old, self-described shaman and QAnon digital warrior from Phoenix, quickly emerged as one of the most recognizable faces from the attack on the Capitol. Shirtless and tattooed, he wore horns and red-white-and-blue face paint while roaming the center of U.S. democracy. In his hands was a spear draped with an American flag.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/05/19/qanon-shaman-short-bus/

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Reply Attorney for 'QAnon Shaman' questions mental abilities of his client, others in Jan. 6 riot (Original post)
Mr. Sparkle May 19 OP
Irish_Dem May 19 #1
dlk May 19 #2
BigmanPigman May 19 #3
Merlot May 19 #4
keithbvadu2 May 19 #12
William Seger May 20 #18
Merlot May 20 #20
William Seger May 20 #21
tulipsandroses May 19 #5
Turbineguy May 19 #6
Evolve Dammit May 19 #7
DBoon May 19 #8
Warpy May 19 #9
Claire Oh Nette May 19 #10
murielm99 May 20 #15
Marcuse May 19 #11
keithbvadu2 May 19 #13
Skittles May 19 #14
OldBaldy1701E May 20 #17
Hugh_Lebowski May 20 #16
malthaussen May 20 #19
Grins May 20 #22
Jilly_in_VA May 20 #23

Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Wed May 19, 2021, 08:33 PM

1. Most brain damaged Americans don't try to overthrow the government.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Wed May 19, 2021, 08:34 PM

2. Chansley obviously has mental health issues

However, as long as he’s coherent enough to understand right from wrong, he needs to be held accountable.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Wed May 19, 2021, 08:37 PM

3. This is a tough call...

Yes, they are crazy for buying the tRump BS for so long and with 100% supoort. But that should not keep them from being indicted for their actions.

When the fucking moron gets called in to testify at one of his many investigations will he claim that he has mental health issues and we should not hold him accountable for his life of criminal behavior?

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Wed May 19, 2021, 08:41 PM

4. So he's making the point that all the congress people who believe the big lie

have intellectual disabilities? Or for that fact every republican who still claim the election was stole?

Sorry, you can't claim only some people who believe something have mental disabilities. It's all or none.

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Response to Merlot (Reply #4)

Wed May 19, 2021, 10:25 PM

12. BIGLY!

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Response to Merlot (Reply #4)

Thu May 20, 2021, 09:19 AM

18. The people who paticipated in the insurrection are a self-selected subset of all trumpers

Believing the Big Lie is one thing; attempting to overthrow our democracy is another.

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Response to William Seger (Reply #18)

Thu May 20, 2021, 10:47 AM

20. I disagree. People who believe the big lie ARE attempting to overthrow democracy.

the ones that didn't go to the capitol just aren't using violence. Yet.

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Response to Merlot (Reply #20)

Thu May 20, 2021, 10:52 AM

21. Well, therein lies the difference

The people who thought that violent insurrection by a few thousand people would keep Trump in office are just plain stupid, which was the lawyer's point.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Wed May 19, 2021, 09:13 PM

5. Our prisons are filled with people with mental illness.

He can join them. They Never thought they would be held accountable. Nobody cares about the person having a manic episode that commits criminal acts. Nope. The court may acknowledge you have a mental illness, but you will still pay for your crime in most cases.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Wed May 19, 2021, 09:24 PM

6. Brain damage

is their only defense.

Who in their right mind would believe trump?

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Wed May 19, 2021, 09:30 PM

7. Per the interview, this atty has a few screws missing himself. Hope the courts have limited patience

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Wed May 19, 2021, 10:01 PM

8. is the defense attorney trying to throw the case?

Does he think that making crazy statements about the defendants will somehow void the trial?

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Wed May 19, 2021, 10:09 PM

9. I don't buy a word of it

He's a willfully ignorant attention hog who happily took part in trying to stop the peaceful transfer of power in the US.

At the same time, he made enough of a horse's ass of himself that he'll never live it down.

A few months in prison will knock some of the bullshit out of him. Having to go out and find a real job to pay off his fines will curtail the number of hours he has to spend with his asshole buddies on Facebook.

Behavior has consequences, I certainly paid for my bad behavior when I was younger. It's high time this idiot found that out.

Most of all, he needs to learn that his misplaced fanboy loyalty to a wannabe dictator is one way and that is never going to change.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Wed May 19, 2021, 10:11 PM

10. Didn't he claim CHansley was on the spectrum?

Asperger's is not brain damage. Or a mental illness.

Actual Iraq War veterans have actual TBI and didn't attack the Capitol.

Bring on these asinine trials that all say "Trump said it was ok, so I did it."

Then try and fry TFG.

And every other complicit GOP in Congress.

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Response to Claire Oh Nette (Reply #10)

Thu May 20, 2021, 02:07 AM

15. Trump said it was okay.

I was just following orders.

It did not work the first time, and it does not work now.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Wed May 19, 2021, 10:23 PM

11. He's welcome to try to enter mass insanity pleas to the court.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Wed May 19, 2021, 10:28 PM

13. Had they been deemed such before 06 Jan that they could not own guns?

Had they been deemed such before 06 Jan that they could not own guns?

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Wed May 19, 2021, 10:54 PM

14. LOL, the mental abilities of EVERY Trump humper can be questioned

BUT THEY ARE STILL CRIMINALS

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Response to Skittles (Reply #14)

Thu May 20, 2021, 08:04 AM

17. Yep! (n/t)

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 05:29 AM

16. He is right about the fact that Cult45 are inundated by Nazi-like propaganda constantly

Of course, they go out of their way to fill their brains with it, because they are ... ya know ... a gaggle of bloody fascists.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 10:34 AM

19. Stipulate that this is true.

Then, since their "damage" is such that it leads to extreme anti-social conduct such as trying to overthrow the government, it follows that they should be sequestered somewhere for the rest of their natural lives, to protect society.

-- Mal

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 12:56 PM

22. "...especially susceptible to being duped" Well, they are Republicans... NM

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 05:07 PM

23. Well, so do I

but that doesn't mean they aren't guilty of riot, sedition, and insurrection!

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