At the same time, insurrectionists posting on Parler and other social media seemed torn about whether to champion their sacking of the Capitol or blame it on antifa, one in a string of conspiracy theories the movement has embraced. Some adherents depicted Ashli Babbitt, the San Diego woman killed in the melee, as martyr for the cause. Others suggested she was an antifa plant — and claimed that no Trump supporters were involved in the ransacking.
One image shows Colt, the Idaho man who got into the Senate chamber, raising his fist — which some Trump supporters describe as a leftist gesture.
Colt, who describes himself online as a digital-marketing director at Funnel Craft, a Boise internet advertising company, who likes skydiving, guns, food and family, did not respond to emails or calls.
Brian Brooks, who described himself as having attended high school with Colt in a social media post, wrote that Colt was “not some double-agent antifa person, like many are suggesting. He’s just a guy radicalized slowly by four years of lies, propaganda, dog whistles, gaslighting and conspiracy theories.”