The heavily painted man wearing a horned fur hat who made a spectacle of himself on the dais of the US Senate during the storming of the Capitol has been identified as a QAnon supporter and fixture at far-right rallies in Arizona, according to a report.
Jake Angeli, 32, was seen posing in the chair occupied moments earlier by Vice President Mike Pence at the beginning of the election certification proceedings, which were halted when the riot began.
The shirtless conspiracy theorist – known as the “Q Shaman” – wore red, white and blue face paint as he brandished a spear from which hung an American flag.
In 2020, Angeli told The Arizona Republic that he wears the headgear and paint to attract attention as he talks about QAnon, which claims that a vast network of powerful people are behind a large pedophile ring — including the viral “pizzagate” conspiracy that falsely claimed one ran out of a Washington, DC, pizza shop.
In February 2020, he worked the crowd outside a rally in Phoenix for President Trump, holding up a sign that read, “Q sent me,” the news outlet reported.
“The snowball has been rolling and it’s only getting bigger,” Angeli said at the time. “We’re the mainstream now.”
Angeli told a reporter from the Globe and Mail on Toronto that police had stopped trying to block him and other Trump supporters and let them into the Capitol, according to The Arizona Republic.
He said police politely asked him to leave, according to the Canadian journalist.
Angeli, who took part in protests of the Arizona election results, also attended rallies to reopen businesses shuttered by the state government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Republic reported.
He said he learned much of what he knows through online research — which included “Behold a Pale Horse” by Arizona writer William Copper – that involved shadowy groups such as the Illuminati, Trilateral Commission and Bilderberg group.
“At a certain point, it all clicked in a way. Oh, my God. I see now the reality of what’s going on,” he said, adding that the Q movement validated beliefs he had held as far back as 2016.
Shirtless man in horned helmet at Capitol protest identified as QAnon backer The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.