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A newsstand at CPAC showed a conservative activist in a jail cell acting like an incarcerated Jan. 6 rioter.
The performance caught the eyes and prayers of Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Politico reported in April 2021 that inmates awaiting trial at a DC jail were placed in “restrictive housing.”
A convicted Capitol rioter spent the day in a support cell at the Conservative Political Action Conference during a performance to highlight the ‘mistreatment’ of those imprisoned after storming the Capitol January 6th.
Her tearful performance ultimately caught the eyes — and the prayers — of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
The Tory activist, dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit and MAGA hat inside a prop cell, spent the day in character, crying and counting the days on a chalkboard set up in the performance space.
Jordan Fischer, WUSA reporter identified the man as Brandon Straka, founder of the #WalkAway Foundation, which encouraged liberal voters to ditch the Democratic Party and vote for Trump. Straka pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly and disruptive conduct in the Capitol building or grounds during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, receiving 90 days of house arrest and three years of probation, but avoided jail time, NPR reported.
Straka said in a statement to Insider that the purpose of the performance was to highlight “the pain and suffering that has resulted from the division that exists among the American people,” but he “does not endorse or condone the behavior of anyone who committed crimes on January 6.”
He added that his hope was “to encourage all Americans to let go of hatred and animosity and start seeing the humanity in each other again and having compassion for one another.”
The freelance journalist who tweeted the video, Laura Jedeed, explained that viewers were able to wear “silent disco headphones” and listen to testimony from the January 6 defendants during their trials.
“It is tragic how many of the January 6 defendants have been processed in jail,” CPAC spokesperson Alex Pfeiffer told Insider in an emailed statement.
Representative Georgia Greene stumbled upon the performance on Friday and walked into the eight-foot cage, kneeling beside Straka to join him in prayer. The Daily Mail reported that a great cheer erupted from the crowd as the representative joined the performance.
“She prayed with me for our nation,” Straka told the Daily Mail. “Both sides of the aisle for everyone and no, I thought it was a really beautiful and special moment.”
Representatives for Greene did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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