A lot of these defendants — and I'm going to use this colloquial term, perhaps disrespectfully — but they're all f---ing short-bus people. These are people with brain damage, they're f---ing retarded, they're on the goddamn spectrum. — Albert Watkins, attorney for Jacob Chansley, also known as the QAnon Shaman
A lot of these defendants — and I'm going to use this colloquial term, perhaps disrespectfully — but they're all f---ing short-bus people. These are people with brain damage, they're f---ing retarded, they're on the goddamn spectrum. — Albert Watkins, attorney for Jacob Chansley, also known as the QAnon Shaman
'QAnon Shaman' lawyer makes offensive comments about Capitol rioters: 'They're all f---ing short-bus people'
  • The "QAnon Shaman's" lawyer told Talking Points Memo that many alleged Capitol riot defendants are mentally impaired.
  • Albert Watkins delivered a litany of offensive claims about the accused participants' intelligence levels.
  • The attorney told Insider he made the comments in order to highlight the defendants who struggle with "mental issues."
The outspoken lawyer for one of the Capitol attack's alleged participants is claiming his client and his client's alleged compatriots were especially susceptible to former President Donald Trump's election lies due to their mental capacity.

Albert Watkins, attorney for Jacob Chansley, also known as the QAnon Shaman, delivered an offensive, expletive-laden diatribe as to why the insurrection participants took part in the deadly Capitol attack in a Talking Points Memo article published Tuesday.

"A lot of these defendants — and I'm going to use this colloquial term, perhaps disrespectfully — but they're all f---ing short-bus people," Watkins told the outlet. "These are people with brain damage, they're f---ing retarded, they're on the goddamn spectrum."

Following the insensitive insults he leveled against the accused participants, Watkins argued those specific traits make many of them deserving of sympathy, suggesting they were subjected to World-War II-levels of propaganda in the years leading up to January 6.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/qanon-shaman-lawyer-says-capitol-rioters-have-brain-damage-2021-5