CPAC Crowds Waive Russian Flags Before Trump Speech-Truth! & Misleading!

CPAC Waives Russian Flags Before Trump Speech-Truth! & Misleading!

Summary of eRumor: 
Attendees of Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2017 waived Russian flags before President Trump’s speech.
The Truth:
Political activists handed out about 1,000 small Russian flags with “Trump” printed on them at CPAC 2017, and CPAC organizers confiscated the Russian flags before President Trump took the stage.
Two activists, Ryan Clayton and Jason Charter, from the group Americans Take Action told the Huffington Post that they handed out the Russian flags to CPAC attendees who didn’t realize that they were actually Russian flags:

The flag tricksters identified themselves as Jason Charter and Ryan Clayton with the self-described “resistance” group Americans Take Action. They purchased tickets to the conference shortly before Trump was to take the podium and handed out the flags, Charter told The Huffington Post.

Charter, 22, said that the gag was intended to mock Trump’s admiration of Russian President Vladimir Putin and highlight concerns about Trump administration ties to Russia. “Donald Trump is selling out the U.S.,” he said. 

The prank went surprisingly smoothly, he added. “I asked people if they wanted a Trump flag and they took it,” Charter said. “There were only about five people who said, ‘Wait a minute, this is the Russian flag.’”

Reports of the “prank” quickly went viral on social media, and Americans Take Action have since listed the small “Traitor Trump Flag” for sale on its website for $6, and a larger version of the flag is listed for  $13. The group states, “All proceeds go to resisting the Trump regime, no proceeds go to Trump.”

Video of CPAC attendees waiving the Russian flags, and CPAC staffers confiscating them, have been widely circulated on social media:


In the end, it’s true that the CPAC crowd waived small Russian flags, but CPAC attendees were tricked into it by political activists.