There has been plenty of news about Doug Jensen, an Iowan who was arrested and charged for his actions at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6.
Jensen is shown in this video leading a group into the Capitol.
There are all kinds of news stories with “facts” and “things you need to know about Jensen.”
One of them states:
- On January 6, 2021, he wore a stocking cap and a QAnon shirt over a hooded sweatshirt and joined his fellow supporters of Trump as they breached the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA and disrupted a joint session of Congress to certify the vote of the Electoral College and affirm Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. (a)
- On January 9, 2021, he was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disrupting the orderly conduct of government business, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building and obstructing a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder. (a)
But there’s a couple of pieces of information that the media doesn’t seem to report nearly as often:
- Jensen is a union member.
- He is a registered Democrat.
Jensen changed his party affiliation in 2005 from Republican to Democrat. He participated in just one June primary election — 2016. It had to be the Democrat primary since his party registration hasn’t changed since 2005.
Jensen filed for his release through his attorney, Christopher M. Davis, on Monday. He is currently being detained without bond status reviewed.
Despite Jensen’s party registration being Democrat since 2005, many have been quick to label him a Republican or a conservative.
Bleeding Heartland referred to him as a “white conservative man.” WHO-TV 13 referred to Jensen as “one of the pro-Trump extremists.”
Now, Jensen is saying through his lawyer he was essentially duped by President Donald J. Trump and QANON.
“A billionaire reality TV show host turned president becoming the savior to a disillusioned/pandemic-weary, largely blue-collar working-class middle America,” the court motion states. “The internet, with its lightning speed, and few if any reality checks, spawned yet an even more bizarre offshoot, QANON – described as an American far-right conspiracy theory alleging that a cabal of Satanic, cannibalistic pedophiles run a global child sex trafficking ring and conspired against former President Donald Trump during his term in office. The media lies, the government is corrupt and the election was stolen was the message.
“It is against this backdrop, Douglas Jensen went to the U.S. Capitol to observe what he thought was going to be ‘The Storm,’ the moment all those with ideologies at odds with what he was hearing and reading on the internet were going to be arrested. He went on his own – to observe.
“Jensen became a victim of numerous conspiracy theories that were being fed to him over the internet by a number of very clever people, who were uniquely equipped with slight, if any, moral or social consciousness.
“For reasons he does not even understand today, he became a ‘true believer’ and was convinced he was doing a noble service by becoming a digital soldier for ‘Q.’ Maybe it was a mid-life crisis, the pandemic or perhaps the message just seemed to elevate him from his ordinary life to an exalted status with an honorable goal. In any event, he fell victim to this barrage of internet sourced info and came to the Capitol, at the direction of the President of the United States, to demonstrate that he was a ‘true patriot.'”