Once again, Trump supporters prove their gullibility, ignorance and complete lack of Google skills. This meme is making the rounds among the unthinking as “proof” of fake news. A little resourcefulness on the part of Trump supporters would reveal the “truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

However, they, Trump supporters, find it easier and more comfortable to wallow in their ignorance than actually the critical thinking skills which most people had learned by the 3rd grade.

Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP

Two men made trouble — and stirred up a social-media frenzy — on the third day of the Conservative Political Action Conference by conducting a literal false-flag operation.

Clayton has only written three articles for HuffPo — and they were back in 2011

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: CPACalypse Now

Jason Charter, 22, and Ryan Clayton, 36, passed out roughly 1,000 red, white, and blue flags, each bearing a gold-emblazoned “TRUMP” in the center, to an auditorium full of attendees waiting for President Trump to address the conference. Audience members waved the pennants — and took pictures with them — until CPAC staffers realized the trick: They were Russian flags.

The stunt made waves on social media, as journalists covering CPAC noticed the scramble to confiscate the insignia.

No joke, someone has been handing out Russian flags that say #Trump on them. And people are waving them.#CPAC2017 pic.twitter.com/CDZS5oEqyL
— Maya Shwayder (@MayaErgas) February 24, 2017
A section of people in the back of #CPAC2017 waving Russian flags — a staffer just came and demanded they all be handed over. pic.twitter.com/mZVoVUqudn
— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) February 24, 2017

Clayton himself was photographed outside, holding up a larger version of the flag:

#CPAC pic.twitter.com/Hb8JUxVfIm
— Ali Rogin (@AliABCNews) February 24, 2017
Ryan Clayton has written just three articles for Huffington Post and they were back in 2011

“Most people didn’t realize it was a Russian flag, or they didn’t care,” Charter told me in a phone interview. He and Clayton had purchased tickets to CPAC for the day the president was scheduled to speak, and managed to disperse the flags with surprising ease among the crowd.

But the two wouldn’t call it a “false-flag” operation. “It’s true-flag operation,” Clayton told me over the phone, in a thick, mock Russian accent. “It show how Trump and Russia are so connected, they like peas in pod!” The CPAC stunt comes after a report from February 14 suggesting that Trump aides were in contact with Russian intelligence officials in the year before the U.S. presidential election. Trump himself has also praised Russian President Vladimir Putin on a number of occasions.

After the flag trick, Clayton was escorted from the premises, but Charter wasn’t booted until he stood up during Trump’s official remarks to accuse him of being a “fascist” and “Putin’s puppet.”

The real news isn’t about passing out Russian flags, the real news is Trump supporters being too stupid to notice or too apathetic to care.

“And, I was banned from CPAC,” Charter said, sounding pleased. “I think there are multiple ways you can resist against Trump, and I think this is one way that’s extremely effective,” Charter said. In other words, he said, “It’s fun to have a joke sometimes in a very serious situation.”

“We will continue doing these actions until Trump is impeached.”

The two are members of Americans Take Action, a self-proclaimed “resistance organization” whose website features a petition to impeach Trump and lists three priorities: restoring free and fair elections, creating a purpose-driven economy, and maintaining an open internet.

The group is relatively new, but it’s already been busy. In late January, Clayton, the organization’s president, and Charter infiltrated and attempted to film a private event held by James O’Keefe, a conservative provocateur and the leader of Project Veritas, Charter told me. The group also attempted to disrupt Trump’s inauguration by shouting lines from the Constitution during his inaugural address.

Its choice of O’Keefe as a target is a reminder that groups on both sides of the political spectrum frequently stage stunts like these in an effort to attract media coverage for their agendas, as Charter and Clayton successfully did on Friday.

“We will continue doing these actions until Trump is impeached,” an unrepentant Charter said.

“Remember,” Clayton added, still committed to the fake accent, “In Trump’s America, flag wave you!”

I am an American freelance writer and ghostwriter now living the expat life in Argentina. Never far from my coffee and Marlboros, I am always interested in discussing future work opportunities. Email me at jandrewnelson2@gmail.com and join the million-or-so who follow my life and work on Twitter @ Journey_America.

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Originally published at www.theatlantic.com on February 24, 2017.

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