False Flag: Progressive activist handed out Russian flags at CPAC

Allahpundit reported earlier on Trump’s speech at CPAC but there was a minor media story that erupted just before the speech. People waiting on Trump’s speech were seen waving Russian flags:



A handful of tweets was enough to spawn numerous stories like this one at Raw Story headlined, “CPAC scrambles to control damage after attendees wave Russian flags during Trump speech.” Of course there was a bit more to this story that many missed. Attendees at CPAC didn’t pick these up in a gift shop. Someone had been handing out Russian flags with Trump’s name on them:

And it turns out that someone was a progressive activist named Ryan Clayton:


A while later O’Keefe published video of Clayton being ejected during Trump’s speech:

David Martosko from the Daily Mail confirmed that Clayton was indeed the person seen handing out the flags:


The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross reports that Clayton, “is the head of Americans Take Action, a mysterious left-wing activist group that seeks to reform the electoral system.” Clayton is apparently one of the people behind these celebrity videos seeking to get electors to change their votes. In short, this was a progressive stunt designed to generate headlines like this one by Matt Yglesias at Vox, “Trump fans were waving tiny Russian flags until CPAC staff confiscated them.”

Finally, have to give credit to Adam Baldwin whose tweet inspired my headline:


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John Sexton 7:00 PM on December 09, 2023