'QAnon Shaman' Who Stormed Capitol Denies He Is Antifa as Conspiracy Theorists Turn on Him

One of the most visible and prominent QAnon supporters among the violent crowd of extremists who stormed the Capitol building has been forced to deny he is antifa after a number of radical conspiracy theorists turned on him following the unprecedented attack.

Jake Angeli, also known as the Q Shaman or QAnon Shaman, was widely photographed inside the building during the riots wearing his fur hat and horns and face painted in red, white and blue.

One photograph which was widely shared on social media shows him flexing his bicep on the dais of the U.S. Senate.

The Q Shaman is one of the most recognizable figures in the QAnon movement and has frequently appeared at right-wing rallies showing support for Donald Trump and disputing the election results.

On November 5, two days after Election Day, Angeli was at a protest dressed in his usual horned hat, draped in a "Q" flag and holding a sign reading "Q sent me."

While addressing the crowd, Angeli says that "regardless of the illusions that the media would like to paint, the lies that what we're doing is ineffective and that we are 'violent'—all of this is black magic.

"If you really look into the elite and what they're into, they are into black magic." Angeli then spouts a conspiracy theory that the CIA was infiltrated by the Nazis, who then went on to infiltrate the media.

Well, we got our own Az Q support qshaman in there too so 🤷🏼‍♀️ pic.twitter.com/Tb8uFDqyNj

— Leenie da Meanie (@keepAZsafe) January 6, 2021

However, in an attempt to suggest they are not to blame for the shocking attacks on the Capitol, a number of desperate QAnon supporters have suggested that the Q Shaman is actually antifa.

As well as pointing out that he has appeared at Black Lives Matter protests, others have also suggested the tattoos on his hands shows his allegiance to antifa.

Mike Rothschild, a conspiracy theory debunker, also tweeted: "It's not getting much traction, but a rumor is bubbling up that the Q Shaman is not only a secret ANTIFA, but is married to Nancy Pelosi's daughter."

One of the main QAnon figureheads to have pushed the claim that Angeli is antifa was Lin Wood, the pro-Trump QAnon supporting attorney who has the abbreviation of its slogan "where we go one we go all" in the bio of his now suspended Twitter account.

Wood, who worked with fellow QAnon-supporting lawyer Sidney Powell in the widely dismissed "Kraken" lawsuits attempting to overturn election results, tweeted to his 1.1 million followers a picture of the Q Shaman at a BLM rally in June, claiming his name is Spencer Sunshine and that antifa has therefore "infiltrated" the protest in Washington, D.C.

Here is the Q Shaman's car.

This isn't a joke. This is actually the Q Shaman's car. https://t.co/doHE7WjzLb pic.twitter.com/FCYW9f1X4U

— Travis View (@travis_view) January 6, 2021

Angeli replied directly to Wood to confirm he is a part of the radical conspiracy theory.

"Mr. Wood. I am not antifa or blm. I'm a Qanon & digital soldier," he tweeted.

"My name is Jake & I marched with the police & fought against BLM & ANTIFA in PHX. Look up OAN's coverage of July 4ths rally in PHX capital. I was standing against the BLM mob out numbered but unphased."

In response to Angeli's denial, Twitter user @Pauliegraph wrote: "Look how quickly these nut jobs turn on you, enjoy your view from under the bus. You're the sacrificial lamb for their (im)plausible deniability."

The images of Angeli on the Senate floor during what is being called an attempted coup on behalf of Trump encapsulated just how far the influence the QAnon conspiracy theory—listed as a domestic terrorist threat by the FBI—has grown.

The movement, which started life on the fringes of the internet in late 2017, spreading lies about satanic pedophile rings involving high-profile Democrats, is now one of the main culprits behind one of the biggest attacks against U.S. democracy.

Here’s the scary moment when protesters initially got into the building from the first floor and made their way outside Senate chamber. pic.twitter.com/CfVIBsgywK

— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021

In one video, recorded by Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic, a large crowd of people are seen forcing their way into the Capitol building as one sole police officer desperately tries to control them. The man seen leading the charge was a protester wearing a QAnon T-shirt.

In February 2020, the Q Shaman gave another address to a crowd at a pro-Trump rally in Phoenix, holding a "Q sent me" sign.

"The snowball has been rolling and it's only getting bigger," Angeli said, reports Arizona Republic. "We're the mainstream now."

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump enter the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Supporters of the QAnon theory have attempted to claim the so-called Q Shaman (C) is antifa after he was pictured during the violent protests. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty