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BOISE (Idaho Statesman) — Amid the chaos that ensued Wednesday in Washington, D.C., many photos and videos emerged of rioters entering the U.S. Capitol and storming into both chambers of Congress.
For some in Idaho, they saw a familiar face climbing down from the U.S. Senate Chamber gallery and onto the Senate floor — a 34-year-old man named Josiah Colt, who resides in the Treasure Valley.
Phone numbers listed for Colt for comment on this story went unanswered as of Thursday morning. Attempts to reach him through social media and email were also unsuccessful.
In a video posted to Facebook and circulated widely on other social media platforms like YouTube, Colt erroneously claims he was the first rioter to sit in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s chair, calling her treasonous and a traitor. Colt actually was in the Senate chamber and was photographed in the seat reserved for the vice president.
“I just got in the Capitol building,” he says in the video. “I hopped down into the chamber.”
Later, he posted a video on Facebook stating he didn’t know what to do now that the photo of him had been widely circulated.
34-year-old man named Josiah Colt | Courtesy CNN
“I’m in downtown D.C.,” he said in the video. “I’m all over the news now. But, like, I’m just like every single one of those people that was marching. A peaceful protest, we’re here to represent America … we’re tired of being lied to. We’re tired of people stealing from us, stealing our freedoms, stealing our liberties. I didn’t hurt anybody in there. Like, yeah, I did sit in Nancy Pelosi’s seat. She shouldn’t be there.”
Josiah Colt is listed with a Meridian address on business filings for a company called Funnel Craft LLC. Colt is named as CEO of FunnelCraft.co on the company’s website, which lists a Boise address. Colt’s LinkedIn profile shows a job history in digital marketing and advertising, a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and volunteer work for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America as “a positive role model and example for the troubled youth.”
Colt has been active on several social media platforms — with accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube — but the two accounts he used most actively this week were deleted late Wednesday night.
Before the accounts disappeared, they showed Colt sharing conspiracy theories about the coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine, and equating pandemic mandates with Nazi Germany.
“America needs to realize the people are in charge and unconstitutional government has gotten out of hand trying to enforce ‘laws’ it makes up at a whim,” Colt wrote Dec. 15. “This is America and not this authority/fear police state that the left wants everyone to cower to.”
He and a friend planned to travel to Washington, D.C., to protest the election results, according to posts on social media. The friend posted on Facebook asking for donations to a GoFundMe, saying they had already booked and paid for the trip.
“It’s time to fight for the freedom of this country from getting bulldozed by the domestic terrorists in office pushing Chinese communist agendas and ideology while stripping our freedoms away one by one,” Colt said in a comment on that Facebook post. “Now is the time to fight.”
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