On Tuesday, tech mogul Elon Musk called for the release of Jacob Chansley, the QAnon Shaman who was arrested for storming the US Capitol during the January 6 insurrection.
In a tweet, Musk said, “Free the QAnon Shaman,” and added, “He was a peaceful protester and should be released immediately.”
Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, is facing multiple charges, including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building and obstruction of an official proceeding. He was among the hundreds who stormed the Capitol building while Congress was in session to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Chansley's attorney, Albert Watkins, has argued that his client should be released because he was acting as a peaceful protester and did not engage in any violent behavior.
Musk's tweet came shortly after Watkins revealed that he had sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland asking for Chansley's release.
In the letter, Watkins argued that Chansley was “a peaceful protester, in the very best sense of the phrase,” and that he had been “caught up in a moment of delusion and misguided enthusiasm.”
The letter was also sent to President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and the Department of Justice.
Musk's call for Chansley's release has sparked a debate among those who agree with his position and those who disagree.
While some have argued that Chansley should be held accountable for his actions, others have argued that the charges against him are excessive and that he should not be held responsible for the actions of others.
No matter what side of the debate one falls on, it is clear that Elon Musk's call for the release of the QAnon Shaman has sparked a national discussion about the Capitol riot and the role of peaceful protesters in the US.