Jacob Chansley has become infamous for his part in the January 6 attack on the Capitol. That day, his image was plastered all over national media inside the Senate hall wearing face paint, furs, and a horned helmet. Now, he faces up to 20 years in prison, and his argument for mercy seems to be that he “stopped people from stealing muffins from the break room”.
As funny as the sentiment might seem, it shows how deeply serious the situation in the United States is. Chansley believes he did nothing wrong by entering the Capitol. He believes he was bringing positive energy to the Senate. He believes President Biden’s election was fraudulent. He believed Donald Trump would have his back in pardoning him.
Chansley isn’t alone in his beliefs; many Americans still feel a strong loyalty to Donald Trump. Chansley’s testimony about relating to Donald Trump’s struggles casts a strange light on the mentality of the former President’s supporters.
“I developed a lot of sympathy for Donald Trump because it seemed like the media was picking on him,” said Chansley. “I have been a victim of that all my life, whether it be at school or at home, so in many ways I identified with a lot of the negative things he was going through.”
This blind sense of loyalty seems to be a result of years of manipulation by Donald Trump, but at least he was good enough to stop people from stealing the muffins.