“Us storming the castle. Please share. Sharon was right with me! I am such an instigator! She was ready for it man! Didn’t even mind the tear gas,” he allegedly said after sharing what appeared to be video of the attack, adding: “Proud boys scuffled with cops and drove them inside to hide. Breached the doors. One guy made it all the way to the house floor, another to Pelosi’s office. A good time.”
“We need to do this at the local level,” he then wrote, according to the affidavit. “Lets [sic] storm the Capitol in Ohio. Tell me when!”
As a national organization, the Oath Keepers’ actions are diffuse and difficult to forecast. Members frequently affiliate with local organizations, and the proclamations of founder Stewart Rhodes are often little more than empty talk. That was the prevailing sentiment in late October, when Rhodes appeared on the conspiracy theory network InfoWars and said Oath Keepers forces were ready to protect the President against those disloyal to him. He compared the situation to the Civil War, in which sitting politicians “are part of the enemy’s ranks.”
By midday Jan. 1, as he allegedly prepared for the Capitol attack, Caldwell was unsatisfied with Rhodes’ orders.
“I don’t know if Stewie has even gotten out his call to arms but it’s a little friggin late,” he allegedly wrote in a Facebook message. “This is one we are doing on our own.”
Crowl wrote back a few hours later to wish Caldwell a happy new year.
“Guess I’ll be seeing you soon,” he allegedly wrote. “Will probably call you tomorrow…mainly because…I like to know wtf plan is. You are the man Commander.”