Jacob Chansley, the so-called ‘Qanon shaman,’ was seen on newly released security footage from the January 6 Capitol protests being escorted around the Capitol by police officers in what was essentially a guided tour.
Roughly 41,000 hours of surveillance footage from January 6, 2021 was provided to Fox News host Tucker Carlson by Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Some of the footage was recently shown to the world on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
In this footage, Capitol Police officers can be seen casually strolling the halls of the Capitol building with Chansley — a man who the media has labeled an insurrectionist, and the Washington bureaucracy has sentenced to prison time.
Chansley, who became famous for his unique buffalo-horned costume worn during the protest, was viciously attacked by the mainstream media and Democrats for participating in the so-called insurrection. Some footage of the ‘Qanon shaman’ was previously aired by Democrats, showing him presiding over an empty Senate chamber during the protests — but they purposely avoided sharing the rest of the footage of Chansley.
Carlson revealed this footage during his show, depicting Chansley walking with Capitol Police officers to multiple entrances throughout the building. The officers even appeared to be checking for unlocked doors.
“They helped him. They acted as his tour guides,” the Fox News host explained. “We counted at least nine officers who were within touching distance of unarmed Jacob Chansley. Not one of them tried to slow him down.”
🚨BREAKING: Never before seen video of January 6 shows Jacob Chansley, the QAnon Shaman, being led through the Capitol by police the entire time that he was in the building. pic.twitter.com/rikoRMWezF
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 7, 2023
In November 2021, prior to the release of this new footage, Chansley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 41 months in prison for his involvement in the incident. However, reports indicate that federal prosecutors had sought to impose an even longer prison sentence for the Arizona resident.
Carlson’s footage also showed Chansley praying on the Senate floor for the police officers who had “allow[ed]” protesters into the building.
“Thank you Heavenly Father for taking the inspiration needed to these police officers to allow us in this building,” Chansley said during his prayer, a clip of which was also shared by Carlson.
“Chansley understood that Capitol Police were his allies,” the Fox News host said, going on to contrast the new footage with hyperbolic depictions of the ‘Qanon shaman’ promoted by the Democrat-controlled Select Committee on January 6th.
“‘He’s a terrorist,’ they said, ‘he should be killed,’” Carlson added.
The Fox News host then played a clip of Lincoln Project founder Steve Schmidt calling for Chansley to be shot.
“Shoot him!” Schmidt cried on HBO. “Shoot him.”
Concluding his segment, Carlson questioned the narrative surrounding Chansley, wondering why he was not arrested by the officers escorting him around the Capitol if he were truly such a dangerous criminal.
“If [Chansley] was in fact committing such a grave crime, why didn’t the officers standing right next to him place him under arrest?” the Fox News host asked.