Capitol rioter ‘QAnon Shaman’ to get organic food in DC lockup

The horned Capitol rioter dubbed the QAnon Shaman will be given organic meals at DC lockup after refusing to eat the standard jail fare for nine days because of his religious beliefs, a judge ordered Wednesday.

The shaman, real name Jacob Chansley, had refused the meals after being transferred to a DC jail run by the city’s Department of Corrections while awaiting trial for his role in the Jan. 6 riot, his lawyer, Al Watkins, said in a court hearing Wednesday afternoon.

Chansley had previously been given organic meals after refusing to eat while in custody of the federal Bureau

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Accused Capitol rioter known as ‘QAnon Shaman’ hasn’t eaten in days because jail food isn’t organic: court papers

The accused U.S. Capitol rioter known as the “QAnon Shaman” whined to jail officials that he hasn’t eaten in days because the food behind bars isn’t organic, federal court papers show.

Jacob Chansley, 33 — who wore a pelt and horns in the halls of Congress during the Jan. 6 insurrection, and later said he was “betrayed” by President Trump for not pardoning him — claims he can’t consume genetically modified organisms because of his religious beliefs.

“I have eaten only organic food for the past 8 years because of my being a shamanic practitioner … this means no

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‘Q Shaman’ From Capitol Riot Hasn’t Eaten In Over A Week Because Jail Won’t Offer Organic Food, Lawyer Says


Jacob Chansley — the “Q Shaman” who stood out at last month’s Capitol riot with his horned helmet and face paint — has not eaten any food in more than a week because a jail in Washington, D.C., refused to grant his request for an all-organic diet, his lawyer said Wednesday, claiming Chansley has lost 20 pounds since his religious beliefs prevent him from eating. [UPDATE: A judge has decided Chansley should get organic food — further updates are available here].

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The QAnon Shaman Just Won His Battle to Get Organic Food in Jail

Jacob Chansley, a.k.a. Jake Angeli and the QAnon Shaman, speaks to passersby during the "Stop the Steal" rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Jacob Chansley, a.k.a. Jake Angeli and the QAnon Shaman, speaks to passersby during the “Stop the Steal” rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

UPDATE 2/3 4:11 ET p.m.: A federal judge in Washington, D.C., granted an emergency request from “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley’s lawyer that he begin receiving organic food in jail.

In a brief hearing Wednesday, Chansley told the judge that his religious beliefs require him to eat only organic food. Chansley and his legal team told the judge that appropriate food should be labeled “USDA Organic” and would be available at

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