Authorities have arrested a protester at the Capitol building, just inches away from reaching President Trump. Ryan Clayton, president of “Americans Take Action,” managed to breach security as the president was arriving for a luncheon on the Hill. It is unclear exactly how Clayton was able to make it past security.
President Trump was entering the Capitol for a lunch meeting on his new tax reform bill. That is when Clayton, posing as journalist, began screaming and throwing Russian flags at Trump. “Trump is treason,” he yelled. “This president has conspired with agents of the Russian government. We should be talking about treason in Congress, not about tax cuts!”
Andrea Mitchell confirmed the seriousness of chaotic scene saying, “the president was walking down the corridor right off the Senate floor on the second floor of the Capitol, one of the most secure places in Washington. We saw something we’ve never seen here before.” MSNBC’s Kassie Hunt calls the incident a “very unusual breach of decorum.”
Clayton’s group identifies itself on their website as “a network of populists who believe that the American government should represent we the people once again, that the economy should work for all of us, and that the internet should remain free and open for generations to come.”. He identified himself to Secret Service agents at the scene.
Earlier in the day, Clayton was seen standing behind Tennessee Senator Bob Corker during a press conference. The outgoing senator has been feuding with President Trump over the last few weeks. Their war of words escalated on social media Tuesday morning. The president believes Corker is purposely blocking his tax reform agenda.
Speaking to CNN’s Manu Raju, Corker said he would “not support” Trump for president if the opportunity came again. He also said Trump has “great difficulty with the truth” and that “debasing” the U.S. would be his prime legacy as president. “Trump has proven himself unable to rise to the occasion,” Corker says.
Regardless, this is the second time Clayton poses as a member of the press to get close to Trump and his family. He was previously apprehended by security officials at the Capitol in July. Clayton approached Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and asked him to autograph a Russian flag.