After photographs of him were seen around the world following the attack on the Capitol building on Wednesday, a number of videos of the so-called “QAnon Shaman” spouting conspiracy theories have resurfaced.
The supporter of the radical conspiracy theory was one of the most recognizable figures during what lawmakers say was an attempted coup by Donald Trump supporters and far-right extremists. Several images of him with his horned hat and face paint went viral.
The QAnon Shaman, also known as Q Shaman or 33-year-old Jake Angeli of Phoenix, Arizona, had been a fixture at a number of pro-Trump rallies and protests across 2020, especially in his home state.
Soon after the QAnon Shaman received viral infamy, some followers of the loose collective of conspiracy theorists movement began to turn on him, falsely suggesting Angeli is actually antifa and had infiltrated the mob.
However, a number of videos showing Angeli at rallies and protests spouting conspiracy theories while wearing flags and holding signs expressing his support for QAnon dating back several months have since been shared on social media.
In one clip from July 2020, Angeli records himself yelling how the second wave of the coronavirus in Arizona is “bulls**t” and falsely claiming the virus cannot survive the state’s heat.
Angeli goes on to scream at people in cars lining up to get tested that the government and the media is lying about the virus and that “COVID-1984 is a globalist propaganda hoax.”
Angeli ends the clip while shouting “freedom,” which he reportedly yelled out whilst inside the Senate chamber on Wednesday.
In another clip, Angeli is seen at another rally holding a sign reading “Q sent me” while discussing claims about banking institutions controlling governments and using billions of dollars to create “deep underground bases” where top secret technology is kept, as well as the common conspiracy theory about a “new world order.”
In another video from September which is being shared following Wednesday’s attack, Angeli is seen again yelling at the top of the voice at shoppers at the Arrowhead Mall in Glendale, Arizona, about child abusers, claiming a spiral triangles symbol seen near the mall’s bathrooms and elsewhere around the building are actually an “FBI pedophile code.”
Angeli also shows the camera that he is holding his “Q sent me” sign while taking part in the stunt.
On Thursday, the Metropolitan Police Department released images of persons of interest they want to speak to in connection with the attack against the Capitol.
The first suspect on their list is the QAnon Shaman, who is wanted on suspicion of unlawful entry.
The MPD is offering a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.
It is unclear if police have spoken to Angeli despite the widespread reports of him being present at the Capitol on Wednesday.
The MPD has been contacted for comment.
Speaking to ABC 15, Angeli’s mother Martha Chansley said she did not know where her son was, but added: “He’s fine.”
Chansley also defended the actions of her son following Wednesday’s disorder.
“It takes a lot of courage to be a patriot, OK, and to stand up for what it is that you believe,” Chansley said. “Not everybody wants to be the person upfront.”