Quantcast

Man Accuses Trump Of 'Treason,' Throws Russian Flags At Him

President Trump got a rude greeting when he went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

A 36-year-old Virginia resident, Ryan Clayton, confronted the president as he was about to attend a meeting with Senate Republicans. “Trump is treason!” the protester shouted repeatedly. Law-enforcement officers removed Clayton from the Capitol after he tossed a few small Russian flags in the president’s direction.

Trump, who was walking in a hallway with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, appeared to not notice the flags as they fell to the floor a few feet away from him. CNN reported that Clayton had written “Trump” on each of the banners. The protester is an activist with the liberal group Americans Take Action, according to The Washington Post. On its website, the organization claims to be a “populist network formed to restore free and fair elections in America” whose “top priority is resisting the Trump regime.”

Clayton was able to gain access to the area of the building where the news media interview lawmakers, though he may not have been carrying genuine press credentials or a tourist’s pass. Capitol Police filed an unlawful-conduct charge against the protester, who might face additional counts. Clayton explained in an op-ed for HuffPost that he wanted to “draw attention to the Russian interference in our most recent American election ... to decide the outcome in favor of the Trump campaign.” He wrote: “Let’s be clear. Putin picked Trump because it’s good for Russia, not because he’s great for America.”

The incident was not the first time Clayton had used Russian flags to stage a demonstration. In February, he handed out 1,000 of the banners to people attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, just before a Trump speech. Many of those in the crowd waved the flags proudly, perhaps because Clayton and fellow activist Jason Charter had inscribed Trump’s name on them. The 22-year-old Charter said the stunt was designed as a reminder about the president’s Russian connections and his frequent praise for Vladimir Putin. “It shows how Trump and Russia are so connected, like peas in pod,” Clayton added.

“Donald Trump is selling out the U.S.,” Charter told HuffPost, proclaiming that “we’re not stopping until (he) is impeached.” The protester recalled that when he “asked people if they wanted a Trump flag, they took it.” He claimed that “there were only about five people who said, ‘Wait a minute, this is the Russian flag.’”

Politico reported that most of the audience “gave no thought” to questioning the flags because “they just saw red, white and blue with Trump printed on it.” When the event’s organizers realized what was happening, they threatened to kick out those who kept waving or holding the flags. Some people wanted to keep the banners as souvenirs, according to The Hill. Security personnel removed Clayton from the room, and evicted Charter after he called the president a “fascist” and “Putin’s puppet.”

CNN reported that Clayton also threw Russian flags at Jared Kushner when the White House adviser and Trump's son-in-law appeared at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

Source: HuffPost, CNN
Photo: YouTube

Tell Us What You Think

More News Stories

A Democratic congresswoman has proposed a federal tax on gun sales, Opposing Views reported.

The Reducing Gun Violence in Our Neighborhoods...

A stomach specialist was caught by police trying to convince underage girls online to meet him and have sex with him. Under the name 'TummyDoctor...

A Chinese man was suffering from itchy skin and a stomach ache, so he made an appointment to see a doctor. He was sent for scans to see if there...

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) continued to condemn the Obama administration for pushing to achieve an international accord over Iran's nuclear...

One single mother works hard for her money. Taylar Cordova is a waitress, which means her hourly wage is well below minimum wage. Wait staff...

Latest News Stories

OJ Simpson was up for parole today, and the world was watching. The Juice has been behind bars at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada,...

A New Jersey woman recently turned 110--Agnes Fenton says the two things that contributed to her long lifespan is believing in God and drinking...

One young student is in for a world of trouble after costing her father $80,000. The brash girl managed to brag her way out of a settlement her...

Some people take certain causes so seriously that they're willing to give up their lives for their convictions. One man in France risked his own...

A police officer, who only identified himself as “Admin J,” had been weeping in his car. It was the day after some of his fellow officers in blue...