On Friday, Keith Olbermann, a commentator with left-leaning views, called on his followers to report a tweet made by Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter.
In the tweet, Musk defended Jacob Chansley, also known as the “QAnon Shaman,” by claiming that Chansley was falsely portrayed in the media as a violent criminal who tried to overthrow the state and urged others to commit violence.
Musk went on to say that Chansley was calmly walking in the Capitol building, being escorted by officers, and thanking them. Olbermann quote-tweeted Musk’s comments and urged his followers to report the tweet for violating Twitter’s rules.
Musk, however, responded with a witty reply, “Have you considered a career in comedy?” His response was more popular than Olbermann’s tweet, receiving over 118,000 likes compared to Olbermann’s tweet, which received less than 9,000 likes.
Earlier that day, Musk posted a video of Chansley on Twitter, which shows Chansley calling for demonstrators to remain peaceful and go home. Musk added the caption “Free Jacob Chansley” to the tweet, riling up Twitter users.
In 2021, Chansley received a prison sentence of just under three and a half years after reaching a plea deal for a reduced sentence. However, after Tucker Carlson released never-before-seen Jan.
Have you considered a career in comedy?— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 11, 2023
6 footage, some Americans believe that Chansley could appeal his plea deal. The footage, which shows capitol police officers happily guiding Chansley around the Capitol, was not previously turned over to the defense.
Harvey Silverglate, a legal expert representing Trump attorney John Eastman, believes that the footage could lead to Chansley’s guilty plea being vacated.
Silverglate stated that Chansley will certainly try to appeal his plea deal, and he will probably succeed since the footage wasn’t turned over to the defense.
Overall, the tweet made by Musk defending Chansley and the subsequent exchange with Olbermann sparked controversy and discussion on Twitter.
Additionally, the release of never-before-seen footage of the events on Jan. 6 has led to renewed speculation and debate surrounding Chansley’s case.