No-one’s quite sure where they came from, but slightly familiar flags with Donald Trump’s name on them made their way into the Conservative Political Action Conference during the president’s speech.
People happily waved the flags – but what could they be?
Ahh – that’s right. It’s the Russian flag – and people seemed pretty happy to wave them about.
Many thought it was a hilarious prank by whoever was responsible.
Well played, anonymous CPAC monkeywrencher. https://t.co/ZXElPROsKx— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) February 24, 2017
What a way to troll the president.
But not everyone was sure it was a prank – what if someone was trying to promote Russia for real?
Were they doing this ironically as a protest, or earnestly as pro-Russian conservatives?— Zack Stanton (@zackstanton) February 24, 2017
Are they pro-Trump flags or are they a winky protest of the Russia connections?— Kelly Ellis (@justkelly_ok) February 24, 2017
As you can imagine, this wasn’t exactly what the organisers wanted, so as soon as they were spotted staff came round to confiscate the flags.
Crowd at CPAC waving these little pro-Trump flags that look exactly like the Russian flag. Staffers quickly come around to confiscate them. pic.twitter.com/YhPpkwFCNc— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) February 24, 2017
Meanwhile, the president’s speech to the leading conservative group was like a series of greatest hits from his campaign rallies. Everything from the wall to criticising the media and denouncing Hillary Clinton came up.
It doesn’t look like the small business of a contraband Russian flag put a dampener on the occasion.