[guest post by Dana]
I was fascinated by this interview clip of the mother of 32-year-old Jake Angeli, the man who breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 wearing a horned costume and painted face. It has been reported that he was a regular at Trump rallies and known for supporting Q’Anon conspiracy theories.
I was struck by how easily she rationalized the extremely foolish and illegal decisions made by her son on that fateful day. But it was also unsurprising that she did. I think it’s reasonable to assume that she is a fair representation of the irrationality of Trump’s most devoted followers and StoptheSteal conspiracists. Ultimately though, I was left wondering what this woman was like before Trump .
"He walked through open doors." – Martha Chansley, defends the actions of her son — aka the QAnon Shaman — during the Capitol siege. This exchange was one of the most telling from the piece. Would watch the full clip. pic.twitter.com/Ie1YJ0YXPf
— Laurie Segall (@LaurieSegall) March 4, 2021