World Psychological examination ordered for 'Qanon Shaman' months after Capitol riot
28% of Republicans Think U.S. So Off Track True Patriots 'May Have to Resort to Violence'
Nearly a quarter of GOP voters said they believed the country is largely controlled by Satan-worshipping elites.The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released polling data on Thursday from a survey conducted in March. The survey examined the prevalence of belief in the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory—which claims that former President Donald Trump is fighting against a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophile Democrats and Hollywood elites—as well as the views of Americans about the direction the country is headed.
A judge ordered a psychological examination for Jacob Chansley, the self-described "Qanon Shaman" who was allegedly photographed carrying a spear inside thedais during the while wearing face paint and a furry hat with horns.
Judge Royce Lamberth ordered that Chansley, who is from, undergo a "competency examination" in the next 30 days that will determine whether he is "presently suffering from a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent to the extent that he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him."
Hugely Popular QAnon Telegram Account Goes on Antisemitic Tirade
Ghost Ezra, which has more than 334,000 followers on the encrypted messaging app, shared a number of smears and conspiracy theories.The GhostEzra account, which has more than 334,000 subscribers on Telegram, has shared a number of antisemitic smears and conspiracy theories since Thursday.
Chansley, 33, wasjust three days after the Capitol riot and unsuccessfully sought a pardon from then-President .
He wrote in an apology letter that he and others were "having a very difficult time piecing together all that happened to us, around us, and by us."
"We are good people who care deeply about our country," Chansley wrote from jail.
Albert Watkins, Chansley's attorney, gave a controversialthis week in which he said his client has Asperger’s syndrome.
"A lot of these defendants — and I’m going to use this colloquial term, perhaps disrespectfully — but they’re all fu----- short-bus people. These are people with brain damage, they’re fu----- retarded, they’re on the god---- spectrum," Watkins told Talking Points Memo.
Democrats barely passed a bill to increase security at the US Capitol
Republicans and some progressive Democrats opposed the January 6-inspired measureThe bill ultimately passed on Thursday, following last-minute negotiations led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with 213 votes for the bill and 212 against.
"But they’re our brothers, our sisters, our neighbors, our coworkers — they’re part of our country," he added.
Watkins did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.
Chansley lost 20 pounds after not eating for nine days when he was first arrested because the jail he was in did not have organic food, Watkins previously said in court.
The judge eventually ordered authorities to provide Chansley with an organic diet, which Watkins said Chansley considers to be part of his "shamanic belief system and way of life."
Chansley was originally arrested on Jan. 9 on charges of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority, as well as violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Daniel Gray, Florida Man Posting About Capitol Riot on Instagram, Allegedly Pushed Female Officer Down Steps .
In a post shared to Instagram after the riot, Gray allegedly said, "this is by far from over, that was the coolest thing I've done in my life, so stayed tuned."One of the charges he faces is for forcibly pushing a female police officer down the stairs in the building, which he allegedly bragged about later online.