Storming the Capitol in a Viking costume asked U.S. President Donald Trump for clemency.
Attorney Al Watkins, representing 33-year-old Jacob Chansley, asked the politician to pardon his client before he leaves office. Meanwhile, Chansley himself blames Trump for going to the rally: the man allegedly took the politician’s “invitation” seriously.
“Chanceley took President Trump’s countless messages seriously. Like tens of millions of other Americans, he felt for the first time in his life that he was being heard,” Watkins said.
Chanceley became known for the clothes he wore during the riots outside the Capitol. He wore a fur hat with horns and painted his face with the colors of the American flag. After the rally, Chanceley was charged with disorderly conduct, forcible entry and trespassing on Capitol grounds. According to Watkins, his client behaved “peacefully and obediently” and was also unarmed.
On Jan. 6, protesting Republican supporters stormed the Capitol building and surrounded the Senate chamber. The Senate and House of Representatives adjourned a session scheduled to approve the results of the last election. During the protests, police detained nearly 70 rioters and five people were killed.