Among the dramatic images offered by the assault on the capitol, one, surrealist, was particularly out of tune, that of a young man with his face painted in the colors of the American flag, a buffalo antler and wearing a fur coat that revealed his tattoos
His name is Jake Angeli, he is 32 years old, and he is an actor from Arizona known on social networks as “Q-Shaman”. In other words, the “shaman Q”, a reference to the conspiracy theory QAnon, popular among the most staunch supporters of Donald Trump.
The QAnon movement believes that a satanic and pedophile project is secretly controlling the US government and the entire country. This evil network would be made up of personalities from the Democratic Party, such as Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, but also by stars of the entertainment world and influential businessmen. And, according to QAnon’s belief, Donald Trump is waging an underground war to rid the United States of this evil group.
A year ago, the FBI called QAnon a “potential domestic terrorism threat.” Several acts of violence have already been committed in connection with this movement. Meanwhile, France, Germany and the UK, among other European countries, already have a constellation of discussion forums, websites, YouTube channels also dedicated to “Q”.
Jake Angeli had already shown himself in demonstrations in support of Trump, relying on QAnon’s theory.
I’m seeing false tweets that Jake Angeli (aka “QAnon Shaman”) who was part of the group that stormed the Capitol and made it into the chamber, is Antifa.
— BrieAnna J. Frank 🌵 (@brieannafrank) January 6, 2021
Trump supporters tried in the last hours to convince without evidence on social networks that Angeli, like the rest of the people who stormed the Capitol, were actually members of the leftist “Antifa” movement disguised as Trump supporters. However, the identification of the participants clearly points to far-right sympathizers.
Apart from the unequivocal statements of Angeli, the woman who died by a police shot in the Capitol was identified as Ashli Babbitt, a former military resident in San Diego and an open supporter of Donald Trump and QAnon, as explained on his social networks.
Another identified man is Richard Barnett, 60, a native of Arkansas and the leader of a local group that defends the right to bear arms. He broke into the office of House Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Tim Gionet, better known as “Baked Alaska,” is a white nationalist activist who broadcast live from inside the Capitol.
Multiple symbols of the extreme right also appeared among the crowd on Thursday: the Confederate flag, removed from the military bases and from various public buildings for symbolizing the era of segregation, and the flag of the anti-government militia called 3%. Also present are the Proud Boys, a far-right group, whose leader was arrested a few days ago for burning a flag of the Black Lives Matter movement.