A progressive group called Americans Take Action was reportedly behind the Russian flags emblazoned with the word “Trump” that appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) during the president’s speech Friday.
CPAC workers quickly collecting the flags from attendees waving them in the audience.
According to a report by Talking Points Memo, two young progressive activists from D.C., Jason Charter and Ryan Clayton with the group Americans Take Action, purchased tickets to the conference and handed out the nearly 1,000 flags to attendees as a prank.
Very funny, guys. They were trying to prove a point, of course:
“I think it says a lot about Donald Trump’s base and their education level,” [Jason Charter] told TPM. “I don’t want to insult anyone, but I think you should know what the Russian flag is. They are one of the world’s major powers, and it’s a pretty easily recognized flag.”
Quite a misguided point, as you can see. First, he says he doesn’t want to insult anyone, yet he goes right ahead and insults the “education level” of the average Trump supporter. And second, it’s not just the average Trump supporter who may not know what the Russian flag looks like. The average American probably wouldn’t know. The Russian flag is only a “pretty easily recognized flag” if you already know what it looks like.
Charter and Clayton’s little prank didn’t last long, either. CPAC staff took swift action and confiscated the flags.