Jacob Chansley, known as the “QAnon Shaman” for his eye-catching attire during the Capitol riot on January 6, has boldly filed to run for the House as a Libertarian in Arizona’s 8th District. Despite his felony conviction for obstructing an official proceeding during the insurrection, Chansley aims to participate in the democratic process he once sought to disrupt.
The 14th Amendment, often mentioned in legal discussions about the January 6 events, hasn’t barred individuals like former President Donald Trump and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from participating in elections. However, it led to the removal of a New Mexico county commissioner convicted of illegally entering the Capitol grounds. Chansley’s notorious actions during the riot, including wearing a fur hat with horns and complaining about jail conditions, contrast with his recent acknowledgement of his actions as “indefensible.”
Other January 6 Participants Entering Politics
Similarly, another January 6 participant, Chuck Hand, is running for a seat in Georgia, currently held by Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop. Hand, along with his wife – the Republican Party chair of Taylor County, Georgia – faced jail time for an illegal demonstration in the Capitol. Despite these legal hurdles and public criticism, Chansley and Hand seek public office, indicating a shift in political ambitions among some January 6 participants.
Chansley’s candidacy, especially in the context of Arizona’s 8th District’s political dynamics, highlights a worrying trend where individuals linked to the Capitol riot are encouraged to run for office. This phenomenon raises concerns about American politics’ moral and ethical standards, questioning the commitment to democratic values and accountability among certain political factions. The participation of January 6 rioters in elections reflects a challenging and divisive era in American political history.