Sitting in a chair is a very serious crime in a democracy that thrives on people not sitting in that chair.
An Idaho man who sat in then-Vice President Mike Pence’s chair during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a criminal charge of obstructing an official proceeding.
Josiah Colt, a 35-year-old resident of Meridian, Idaho could face a sentence of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, federal prosecutors said. They said that as part of his plea agreement, Colt agreed to cooperate with the investigation of the deadly attack.
More than 535 people have been arrested with taking part in the Jan. 6 violence, when supporters of former President Donald Trump smashed windows, fought with police and sent lawmakers and Pence scrambling for safety in a failed bid to stop Congress from certifying Trump’s election defeat.
Prosecutors said Colt entered the Capitol and headed to the U.S. Senate chamber, where he and other rioters forced their way past police into the gallery not long after senators were evacuated.
He then entered the Senate floor and ran to a chair reserved for the U.S. vice president, who sometimes presides over the Senate. Colt subsequently posted a video on Facebook in which he claimed to have been the first Capitol rioter to sit in a chair reserved for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pence, Pelosi – what’s the difference?
Obviously, this guy didn’t know that he’d done anything wrong, or he wouldn’t have posted the pictures himself.
Maybe he did know he wasn’t supposed to climb down into the chamber Cliffhanger style.
But surely, this is not that big of a deal.
No one has explained what exactly the difference is between 1/6 and when Brett Kavanaugh protesters went into the Capitol to protest.
This prosecution of political dissidents is worse than anything you would see in China or Russia – by a lot. This is something you would only really see in Bolshevik Russia or China right after the revolution.
That’s logical, as we are in the middle of a communist style revolution.
Of course, this isn’t actually communism, but something much worse and gayer.
You are witnessing the last vestiges of your freedom being stripped from you.