ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - In his last full day as president, Donald Trump handed out 73 pardons and 70 sentence commutations – but no mercy was given to those who have been charged for storming the U.S. Capitol.
Prominent St. Louis attorney Albert Watkins, of Kodner Watkins Law Firm, represents one of the most-photographed people who forcefully entered the building on Jan. 6, with hopes of stopping the confirmation of Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election. Jacob Chansley is his name, but he's also known as the "QAnon Shaman" and Watkins says the devoutly religious man was simply following the lead of his president.
"Mr. Chansley, along with many others who were similarly situated, are now compelled to reconcile a betrayal by a man whose back they felt they had for years. In turn, they are compelled to be introspective and evaluate how they got where they are, the role of their former leader in that tragic course, and the vulnerabilities they share such as to be led down a primrose path by a man whose back is now squarely fading into the Mar Lago sunset as he walks spiritually hand-in-hand with Lil Wayne," stated Watkins in a press release.
Among those given pardons or sentence commutations by Trump was his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, as well as rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black.
Watkins believed it was time for Trump to support the people who showed him unwavering support. He compared Trump to cult leader Jim Jones, who orchestrated a mass murder-suicide involving poisoned Kool-Aid in 1978.
"The only thing missing from the Capitol – from the President who said, 'I'm going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue with you.' The only thing missing was the big bin of Kool-Aid being stirred," Watkins says.
More than 150 people have been arrested thus far for their actions in violently storming the U.S. Capitol.
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