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A protester on Tuesday threw Russian flags at President Donald Trump and yelled “treason” as he headed into a Capitol Hill meeting with Republican senators.
The protester, who reportedly identified himself as Ryan Clayton, stormed through the press area before tossing the flags, which were emblazoned with “Trump,” and repeatedly yelling, “Trump is treason!” Police quickly escorted him from the scene.
Several journalists in attendance captured the moment on video.
Full video: Chaos erupts as President Trump enters the Senate GOP lunch and a protester posing as a reporter begins yelling about treason. pic.twitter.com/GiYMwt9g5l— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) October 24, 2017
Random guy threw Russian flags at Trump and shouted “Trump is treason” pic.twitter.com/stVfDOtMAB— aída chávez (@aidachavez_) October 24, 2017
Protester ID’d self as Ryan Clayton from Americans Take Action got very close to Trump and threw these flags at him pic.twitter.com/hIk1v2qpHS— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) October 24, 2017
This is not Clayton’s first anti-Trump stunt. A member of the activist group Americans Take Action, Clayton is part of the group of pranksters who passed out similar Russian “Trump” flags during the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February.
Crowd at CPAC waving these little pro-Trump flags that look exactly like the Russian flag. Staffers quickly come around to confiscate them. pic.twitter.com/YhPpkwFCNc— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) February 24, 2017
Americans Take Action says its mission is to restore integrity to U.S. elections following Russia’s attempts to interfere in America’s democratic process during the 2016 election. Trump has consistently painted talk of Russian interference as a fake scandal used by Democrats as an excuse for Hillary Clinton losing her White House bid.
The Trump campaign is currently under federal investigation over 2016 staff members’ ties to Russia, while the president is being investigated for potentially obstructing justice for firing former FBI Director James Comey while the bureau was actively investigating Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Trump met with Republican senators on Tuesday to discuss tax reform and other issues on their legislative agenda. The meeting comes just hours after the president attacked Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, a vocal Trump critic, who responded by characterizing Trump’s behavior as “the debasement of our country.”
Andrew Couts is the former editor of Layer 8, a section dedicated to the intersection of the Internet and the state—and the gaps in between. Prior to the Daily Dot, Couts served as features editor and features writer for Digital Trends, associate editor of TheWeek.com, and associate editor at Maxim magazine. When he’s not working, Couts can be found hiking with his German shepherds or blasting around on motorcycles.