Just When You Thoughts Republicans Couldn’t Get Any Weirder, Today’s CPAC Event Complete With A Performance Booth, Featuring J6 Rioter Crying In A Jail Cell

You can't make this stuff up.


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I’ve said it a thousand times before, but I’ll say it again all the same: You can’t make this stuff up if you tried.

Today’s leg of the Conservative Political Action Committee’s event in Dallas, Texas, saw its fair share of unhinged, manic conspiracy theories and bullcrap spewed by the likes of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, TX GOP Senator Ted Cruz, the Republican party’s biggest stooge Marjorie Taylor Greene, and even Steve Bannon, whose facing down some hefty jail time for Contempt of Congress as we speak.

But, to be frank, no one could really focus on all that craziness because they couldn’t peel their attention from the absolute nonsense that was going down in the lobby.

Now, over the years of all the CPAC events, we’ve seen some increasingly bizarre “art” installations on display at these things — including one that featured a golden statue of none other than Donald J. Trump himself. But this one took the cake in a bad kind of way.

The Dallas CPAC event made all sorts of headlines today, but not for the content or its success, but rather for a performance display that was smack dab in the middle of the lobby for the event, featuring an actual January 6th rioter portraying a jailed January 6th Capitol rioter crying behind the bars of a jail cell, complete with an orange jumpsuit and a MAGA hat.

The whole cringe-inducing ordeal was forever enshrined on social media by freelance journalist Laura Jedeed who did the Lord’s work this weekend and attended the Dallas CPAC to report on all of the various f*ckery that ensued.

Taking to Twitter with a clip of the “art” installment, Jedeed wrote, “Hello I would like to share with you the most astonishing thing I have ever seen.”

“At this CPAC booth you receive a silent disco headset that plays harrowing testimony from people arrested for participating in J6,” the freelance reporter whose work has been featured in Rolling Stone and New York Magazine described the scene. “Instead of dancing, you stand around and watch this guy cry.”

Laura went on to explain that she watched the unsettling performance for upwards of 30-minutes, and the man in the cell never once broke character as he fake wept in various poses behind the cell bars.

According to Jedeed, the man in the cell identified himself  as Brandon Straka, as he tallied the “days” he spent inside the cell on a chalkboard that pitifully read, “Where is everyone?”

The biggest stroke of irony here? Straka, the founder of the #WalkAway movement, allegedly flipped on a multitude of his fellow Capitol rioters in an effort to secure himself a lesser sentence for his own January 6th crimes after he was personally arrested for entering the Capitol on that fateful day.

I was serious, you can’t make this stuff up.

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