“QAnon Shaman” Jacob Angeli Chansley is cashing in a day after being freed by selling mock movie posters, children’s clothes and pictures of himself, as he boasted in his first interview since jail that he tried to help other inmates and “taught a metaphysics class.”
Chansley — who captured headlines as the horned, shirtless, heavily tattooed figure among throngs of Jan. 6 Capitol protesters — was a free man Thursday after 27 months in a federal prison and two in a halfway house.
He was quick to go public with his website selling gift cards, mouse pads and phone cases, children’s clothes, T-shirts, sandals and aprons – some of which had already sold out by Friday afternoon.
Interested shoppers can choose from themed pictures, including a $99 mock movie poster of Chansley flanked by former President Trump, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn in mock of the poster for mob hit “GoodFellas.”
“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a patriot,” the movie poster states, along with the title, “QuItFellas”
It’s a small deviation from the cult-classic movie’s famous quote: “As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a gangster.”
“Goodfellas” tells the story of Henry Hill’s upbringing and life in the mob, as he navigates crime, murder and the effects of his mafia lifestyle.
Chansley appears to also be offering courses and booking opportunities for him to speak through his “Forbidden Truth Academy.”
He has also since announced a podcast and a website and pushed several media appearances through a newly created Twitter account.
“One small step for this man, and one GIANT leap for all mankind…” he wrote in the first tweet on his self-named account. The profile picture shows a bearded, bespectacled Chansley smirking for the camera, wearing a white suit and American flag bandana and tie.
“This is Jacob Angeli-Chansley. This is my offical twitter page & my first official statement upon my release from Federal BOP [Bureau of Prisons] custody. The time is 9:07 AM on the 25th of May 2023. FREEDOM!!!”
Chansley, 35, was among the hundreds of rioters who stormed the US Capitol Building during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. He pleaded guilty in September 2021 to a single count of obstructing an official proceeding before Congress.
The Navy veteran was sentenced to three and a half years, but was transferred in March from the FCI Stafford federal prison in Arizona to a halfway house.
Chansley told the Epoch Times after his release he spent his incarceration doing “everything that [he] could to help the inmates in that prison to look at life differently, to see life from a more spiritual perspective, to realize that they as individuals are affecting their community, whether they know it or not.”
He said he did “a lot of reading” and added: “I also taught a metaphysics class while I was in prison.”
Chansley also griped about alleged mistreatment in prison and said he “experienced a certain level of prejudice.”
He said correction officers ignored him and he went days without food while at a Washington prison because the facility did not accommodate his organic-only diet, according to the report
He preached: “a spiritual message of love, of peace, the power of love, the power of peace, the power of prayer, the power of forgiveness, the power of the truth,” and added: “That’s the only way we’re going to solve our problems.”
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