Jacob Chansley a.k.a. the ‘QAnon Shaman’ compared himself to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi and Jesus Christ during an interview from prison with a conservative outlet on Friday.
Chansley was sentenced to serve 41 months in prison last month for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
“This is what every single great leader, or great you know pioneer of sorts, has had to go through, whether it be people like Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr., or Jesus Christ,” Chansley told the “Conservative Daily” podcast hosted by Joe Oltmann. “When you challenge a system that is so heavily corrupt, when you speak truth to power, what it does is it sends ripples throughout the world. This is part of the reason why, while I’m upset about what happened to me … at the same time, I’m doing all I can to be strong and courageous and wear the full armor of God.”
Chansley went on to say he is “whatever the country needs me to be.”
“That’s part of the role of the Shaman, to be the one that fights the spiritual war for the people, to be the one that shows the people the flaws within its system, within its culture, and helps them to repair those flaws,” he added.
Chansley did not say much about his case or the appeal he filed with his new attorneys seeking to void his guilty plea throughout the two hour phone interview. He mostly spoke about his political views, prison conditions and spread conspiracy theories.
Chansley has been in ‘administrative segregation’ for 300 days for his protection, according to Insider. However he does not see it that way. He describes his segregation as “basically solitary confinement” and likened it to “soft torture,” adding that it has resulted in him growing white hair all over his body.
Oltmann ended the interview by praising Chansley saying “it’s good to break the barriers of what they’ve been saying about him. He’s not crazy. He is a patriot.”