Reacting to the New Footage of the QAnon Shaman

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Michael Malice

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Michael Malice is a cultural commentator, host of the PodcastOne podcast "YOUR WELCOME," and author of several books, including "Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il," and "The Anarchist Handbook." His newest, "The White Pill: A Tale of Good & Evil," is available now. www.whitepillbook.com

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Speaking of which, did you see the new video of the fucking QAnon shaman being led through the Capitol building by police? No. What happened there? You know, there's this story of the violent insurrection. Oh yeah, of course. That's the narrative, right? By the way, let's just be real clear. You shouldn't break into the fucking Capitol building. You shouldn't be trying to overthrow the government. You shouldn't be trying to get out there and say that the election was false when you don't exactly know. You're just buying into it and then you all invade the Capitol. It wasn't good. It wasn't a good look for America. It wasn't good for any of the people there. Nothing was good about January 6th. Let's be real clear. But when you watch the video of that guy being led around through the Capitol building by police, they're basically giving him like a tour. They're talking to him and hanging out with him. At one point in time, it's him and there's like six police officers around him and they're not arresting him. They're not throwing him to the ground. There's no violence at all. I don't think what that guy did was good. I don't think what any of those people did was good. It wasn't smart to fucking barge into the Capitol and take pictures of your feet on Nancy Pelosi's desk. It's fucking stupid. It's a crime. But they were leading him around. The cops were talking to him and hanging out with him. They weren't arresting him immediately. It wasn't like he was this violent guy who broke in and started smashing things and fucked the government. They stayed between the velvet ropes. Watch the video. Have you seen the video? No, I have not seen the video. I can't find it because Tucker Carlson highlighted it on his television show and now everybody's up in arms because it's coming from Tucker. But it should be coming from the New York Times too. It should be coming from everybody. This is video footage of this guy and it's a thing that's different than what we're being told it is. We're being told that they barged in and fucking and they overtook the Capitol, locked them up, put them in jail. This seems edited though, I'll be honest with you. Yes. Both teams edited it in various ways. It's definitely edited. But when you see the video itself, you do see these cops walking around with this guy and they're essentially, it's like they're giving them a tour. It doesn't seem like what we thought it was. But the other thing is. I thought it was like they broke in and then they fucking scared the cops away and there was so many of them that they overtook the Capitol. I'm going to get a lot of heat for this and I don't care. Where was President Trump for these people? These are his strongest supporters. He did not stick his neck out for them in the slightest. He let them rot in jail. I don't know what I want to hear. Is that the one? I don't, I can't tell because I'm not listening to it. So here it is. But it turns out there's quite a bit of video you haven't seen and that video tells a very different story about what happened on January 6th. Oh, they're fixing it. A thousand hours of surveillance footage from in and around the Capitol have been withheld from the public. And once you see the video, you'll understand why. Taken as a whole, the video record does not support the claim that January 6th was an insurrection. In fact, it demolishes that claim. And that's exactly why the Democratic Party and its allies in the media prevented you from seeing it. By controlling the images you were allowed to view from January 6th, they controlled how the public understood that day. They could lie about what happened and you would never know the difference. Those lies had a purpose. They created a pretext for a federal crackdown on opponents of the UNI party in Washington. Our office wanted to ensure that there was shock and awe that we could charge as many people as possible. The first thing you notice from viewing the full video record of January 6th is just how many people entered the Capitol building that day. Holy shit. Hundreds and hundreds of people, possibly thousands over the course of about two hours. The crowd was enormous. A small percentage of them were hooligans. They committed vandalism. You've seen their pictures again and again. But the overwhelming majority weren't. They were peaceful. They were orderly and meek. These were not insurrectionists. They were sightseers. Footage from inside the Capitol overturns the story you've heard about January 6th. Protesters queue up in neat little lines. They give each other tours outside the speaker's office. They take cheerful selfies and they smile. They're not destroying the Capitol. They obviously revere the Capitol. They're there because they believe the election was stolen from them. They believe in the system. Here's the man you've heard referred to as the QAnon Shaman outside the Senate chamber. These are not rioters. These are people who wandered over from a political rally. We will not let them silence your voices. After the rally, they walked down Pennsylvania Avenue, where organizers had secured a federal permit to hold a legal rally on the grounds of the Capitol. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. Once at the Capitol building, things began to get chaotic. Capitol police officers fired tear gas into the crowd. A few at the front of the herd broke windows. Someone opened the doors and many hundreds of others just walked in. Of course, they did make it the story. And at the center of it, the most famous person arrested that day. Was a Navy veteran from Arizona called Jacob Chansley, often referred to as the QAnon Shaman. The so-called QAnon Shaman. QAnon Shaman. Someone named Q Shaman. Jacob Chansley became the face of January 6th, a dangerous conspiracy theorist dressed in outlandish costume who led the violent insurrection to overthrow American democracy. For these crimes, Chansley was sentenced to nearly four years in prison, far more time than many violent criminals now receive. What did Jacob Chansley do to receive this punishment? To this day, there is dispute over how Chansley got into the Capitol building. But according to our review of the internal surveillance video, it is very clear what happened once he got inside. Virtually every moment of his time inside the Capitol was caught on tape. The tape show that Capitol police never stopped Jacob Chansley. They helped him. They acted as his tour guides. Wow. Here's video of Chansley. Opening the door for him. Capitol police officers take him to multiple entrances and even try to open locked doors for him. We counted at least nine officers who were within touching distance of unarmed Jacob Chansley. Not one of them even tried to slow him down. Chansley understood that Capitol police were his allies. Video shows him giving thanks for them in a prayer on the floor of the Senate. Watch. The body of Earth. Paying the inspiration needed to these police officers to allow us to build a. Contrast the reality of what Jacob Chansley did in the Capitol building on January 6th. Oh, he's bald. Indisputable facts recorded on video, some of which has never before been seen with the depiction of Jacob Chansley that you've seen in the media for more than two years. He's a terrorist. They said he should be killed. Shoot him. Shoot him. Like if it you burst into the United States, if he was dressed like Ben Laden, would you have shot him? Shoot him. No. It makes you wonder who are the violent extremists here? Not Jacob Chansley. And the video proves that. But you would never have known from the media coverage. The people sitting in the chairs. Wild, right? You're not supposed to go into the Capitol building. Grandma. I thought it's I thought you at certain times you're not like that. Yeah, I don't like that. Not like that. When you see the people taking him around essentially on a tour, that's not what I thought it was. It's I just hope all the conservatives watching this realize how little appetite there is in the Republican Party for defending people like this. And thinking that Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump care about this is a delusion. Not even defending them. It's just forget about it. Let's look at what what actually happened. We didn't know that happened. Right. We had a version of it was this chaos and the cops ran away. I would have never had cops were murdered. Yeah, I would have never imagined that this I've shocked to see that. So wild. And it's that to your point that it's not a bigger story, that it's fucking Tucker. It's just broken. I think people are starting to pay attention to it now. I don't think it's broken. I think it's by design. I think it's work. It's by design. It's not an accident. No, I mean, it just broke. I mean, like, oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Okay. So I just got out in the world. I think it's really recent. And so I think people are just starting to recognize that it's not what you thought it was. It's not good to get in. It's not good, but they did clearly. You want to peacefully protest. You do it outside. You don't ever go into the fucking Capitol building. If someone smashes his door, don't enter behind it. I don't see how not having him under house arrest wouldn't be infinitely preferable to putting him in jail, which is cheaper. Stay in your house. They're putting him in jail for four years. Like who's that? He's not violent. There's no concern that he's going to kill someone or assault. He pled guilty. Of course he did. Of course he pled down. If he doesn't plead guilty, they give him 25. Yes. And he was guilty. He was there. He was trespassing. 100% guilty. He definitely should be... There should be some kind of punishment for doing that to make sure that people don't do that again. Well, wouldn't it be better if he did actually community service and helped the community? Clean up. Go fucking clean up garbage. Go clean up that wall. Like, do that for like four years every weekend. You have to go to the mall, clean up broken glass. Fine. The problem is like with those kind of protest things, man, the mob has a mind of its own. And if you're in that mob and you just follow along with it and all of a sudden they have your fucking face on the wall. But that didn't even seem like the mob. Because it wasn't like they were knocking shit pulling off of walls. But that's also selective, right? Sure, of course. This is the thing. They're showing us only the good stuff. If we wanted to watch all of it, I think there's some insane amount of hours of footage. And this has only been recently released. So who knows what else we can see. I think it's just very sad that we had these big hearings for a long time and they must have had this footage and they sat on it. Yeah, it's crazy. And I feel bad for those people because they were duped. They really thought that like Trump had their back and this is okay. And you know, we're a marriage, like the whole little narrative. I also feel bad for people like that guy saying shoot him, shoot him. Why? Because now if he sees this video, he's going to realize like, oh, no, he won't. I was misinformed. No way. You don't think so? He will double down. He will absolutely double down. Really? 100%. And that's the last Tucker Carlson over misleading January 6 footage. Video aired by Carlson showed QAnon Shaman, Jacob Chansey accompanied by police, but not violence on the day Ryder stormed the Capitol. And so what is he saying about it being misleading? Fox folks, people didn't respond to comment when asked. Claimed by Carlson that Capitol police served as tour guides for Jacob Chansey, the horn wearing QAnon Shaman was outrageous and false. Man, Gerote, he said that the Capitol police were badly outnumbered on January 6 and that those officers did their best to use de-escalation tactics, try to talk rioters into getting each other to leave the building. Okay, that makes sense. That makes sense. But that's still not the same. Why are they opening doors for him? That's still not the same narrative because that's, is that de-escalation tactics? You could see it, take a look at it, but you guys got to leave. I was looking at it. I thought maybe that they were taking him out, not in handcuffs, obviously, which maybe they should have if they thought he did bad, but leading him out of the building. That's why the one cops didn't react to like, he's taking him out. They're looking for an exit. But it seemed like they were looking for an entrance because he was saying that he gave thanks to the police officers for letting them in. It seemed very clear also that there was no possibility that he was going to be violent toward them. Like they were not clearly in fear of their lives or that he was going to swing on them or anything like that. No, no, no, not at all. I mean, they were talking to him. He thanked them. He gave a prayer and thanked them. It's a very unfortunate thing. Four years is no choice. It's a long fucking time. It's a long time to be locked up. Carlson says they checked with the Capitol Police before I end the video. He said, we're happy to say the reservations were minor. And for the most part, there are reasonable Capitol Police spokesman Tim Barber said that we repeatedly request that any clips be shown to us first for security review. So far, we have only been given the ability to preview a single clip out of the multiple clips that aired. So they didn't show them all of it. So they wanted- And his attorney didn't have that footage. Wow. Holy crap. Chansley's attorney, through sentencing in November 2021, said he had been provided many hours of video by prosecutors, but not the footage which Carlson aired on Monday night. He said that he had not seen video of Chansley walking through Capitol hallways with multiple Capitol Police officers. What's deeply troubling, Watkins said Tuesday is the fact that I have to watch Tucker Carlson to find video footage with the government has, but chose not to disclose despite the absolute duty to do so. Despite being requested in writing to do so multiple times. You can't, I'm not an attorney, but I know enough that if you're a prosecutor, you're holding evidence that could clear the defendant that's not legal. Because discovery means you have to turn over all the evidence, not just things that will incriminate him. It's ugly. Wow. Can you imagine if this gets overturned or he gets, wow. Yeah. It says Carlson's program conveniently cherry picked from the calmer moments of our over 41,000 hours of video manager wrote. The commentary fails to provide context about the chaos and violence that happened before or during these less tense moments. Well, that's fair. Sure. Carlson previously produced a three part series in 2021 called Patriot Purge on the streaming service Fox nation, which suggested the riot was orchestrated by Antifa groups, the FBI and other government agencies. It was a false flag operation to discredit Trump supporters. But here's the thing. The FBI was asked if they used agent provocateurs on January 6th and they refused to answer. I'm sure you've seen that footage. Yes. Yeah. And they know about that guy Ray Epps that was on the Capitol grounds saying, we got to go in there and people calling him a fed and nothing's happened to that guy. Nothing's happened to that guy. But the guy was clearly inciting these people to do something illegal and they know who we have to have them on tape.