MTG Prays for a Convicted Capitol Rioter in Mock Prison Cell at CPAC

MTG Prays for a Convicted Capitol Rioter in Mock Prison Cell at CPAC

  • A booth at CPAC shows a conservative activist acting like an incarcerated rioter in a jail cell on Jan. 6.
  • The act caught the eye and prayer of Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene.
  • Politico reported in April 2021 that pre-trial detainees were housed in “restrictive housing” in DC jails.

A convicted Capitol rioter spent the day at a prop sale at the Conservative Political Action Conference during a performance aimed at highlighting the “mistreatment” of prison inmates after storming the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Her tearful performance eventually caught the eye — and prayers — of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

The conservative activist, dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit and Maga hat inside a prop cell, spent days in character, crying and counting on a chalkboard set up in the performance space.

WUSA reporter Jordan Fisher The man was identified as Brandon Straka, founder of the #WalkAway Foundation, which encourages liberal voters to abandon the Democratic Party and vote for Trump. Straka pleaded guilty to engaging in disorderly and disruptive behavior in the Capitol building or grounds during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, received 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 performance was intended to highlight “the pain and suffering caused by the divisions that exist among the American people,” but that he “does not condone or condone the behavior of anyone who committed a crime. Jan. 6.”

He added that his hope was to “encourage all Americans to let go of hatred and animosity and begin to see the humanity in each other again and show compassion to each other.”

The freelance reporter who tweeted the video, Laura Jaded, explained that viewers were able to wear a “silent disco headset” and listen to the defendants’ testimony on January 6 during their trial.

“It is deplorable how the Jan. 6 defendants were treated in prison,” CPAC spokesman Alex Pfeiffer told Insider in an emailed statement.

Green, a representative from Georgia, came across Friday’s performance and entered the eight-foot cage, kneeling next to Straker and joining him in prayer. The Daily Mail reported that a big cheer erupted from the crowd when the representative joined the performance.

“He prayed with me for our nation,” Straka told the Daily Mail. “For all the people both sides of the aisle and no, I thought it was a really beautiful, special moment.”

Green’s representatives did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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