i thought i spotted a crowd at the patriot grift event but when i got closer it was just 50 photographers taking pictures of one woman with an american flag talking to a cop

3:05 PM · Sep 18, 2021

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ever see a numbers station live show?
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this was never a “trap,” it’s just a sloppy cash grab by a guy trying to elbow his way into the already very crowded right wing grift-o-sphere.
Guess I don’t have to say this anymore since today’s rally organizer is just saying it himself now washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/…
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this guy’s just vibing off by himself in the shade
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low energy, tbh
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narrowly avoided bumping smack into event organizer matt braynard as i was exiting a porta potty 👍🏼
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the event isn’t scheduled to start until noon but at this time, i really don’t think there’s any way there’s more than 40 sincere attendees here. it’s all reporters, cops, and people wandering by just to see what’s happening.
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one thing that strikes me right off is most of what appear to be the sincere attendees skew older - people who are likely not connected to any organized movement & may not have the internet savvy to track down the origin of an event flyer - people taken in by the grift.
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i think this dog is new on the job - he keeps lunging playfully at people and is obviously just trying to have a good time at the park
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“i think january 6th was a great awakening for the american people,” says this man holding an anonymous mask. one of the look ahead america volunteers says he is “the father of one of the political prisoners,” but i’m not sure which.
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there’s no animosity, or even non-press attention, toward some counter protesters standing peacefully within the area reserved for the event.
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i guess if you want to be photographed by professionals from all over the world, all you have to do is wander down to the capitol with an american flag and a bad attitude. some guy shouting incoherently about the 6th amendment is being broadcast worldwide right now.
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they’re playing “we didn’t start the fire” from the empty stage, mostly drowned out by a hovering police helicopter. a dozen patriot type 60-something white guys are each being interviewed by 4 news crews at a time. it was always burning, since the world’s been turning, after all
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i don’t speak spanish, but what i caught of a spanish language tv reporter’s live spot just now is a phrase i believe translates to “thousands of police.” she’s right - this probably cost the city an incredible amount of money for what appears to be no reason.
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congressional candidate joe kent is here. look ahead america, the non profit who secured the permit, says this is a non partisan event, unaffiliated with any candidate, but kent (who has paid LAA’s matt braynard with campaign funds for consulting) is scheduled to speak.
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retired fairfax county firefighter eric lamar is here counter protesting, saying the violence against police on J6 was indefensible. he got into an argument with another man who says he is a firefighter who is here in support of the event.
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braynard is speaking now. everyone around me watching the speech is carrying professional camera equipment.
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the entire audience is just a press pen. you don’t have to broadcast this.
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a shirtless man claiming to be god tried to interrupt the star spangled banner but quickly got bored and wandered off.
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matt braynard introduced CAPP co-founder cara castronuova as “someone who has been a partner to me in this journey.” no mention of her fellow CAPP co-founder, proud boy randy ireland. i’ve not spotted him here, but i’m quite short so that doesn’t mean much.
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a funny coincidence, i think, is that the season of biggest loser that castronuova was on was filming at nbc the same year as the last season of the apprentice. reality tv & its consequences have been a disaster for the human race.
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a letter the organizers claim is from the mother of one of the “political prisoners” says conditions inside the jail are awful (which is probably true! jail is terrible! let’s pivot this to abolition!) and compares what is happening to J6 detainees to the holocaust (no)
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a father of a J6 arrestee is speaking now. he says he was physically with his son the entire time on J6 but while he was cleared by the fbi, his son was arrested & held for 6 weeks.
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nicole reffit, wife of guy reffit, was supposed to speak next. castonuova says “her computer was trashed by the fbi” so she can’t be here today. this whole family story seems really sad - guy reffit threatened his children before his arrest. heavy.com/news/guy-reffitt/
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i wish these people could take their valid criticisms of terrible jail conditions (mold, bad food, solitary confinement, cruel COs, lack of access to counsel, etc) and expand that to criticism of jail in general! but i don’t think they’ll get there.
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matt braynard tells the audience to remind their congressperson who they work for. even better than having actual congressmen speak at the rally, braynard says, is having two “soon-to-be” congressmen - mike collins (GA) and joe kent (WA)
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not sure what’s happening away from the stage…
Replying to @GoadGatsby
On the otherside of this event a person with tactical press gear got arrested for having a Crocodile Dundee sized knife. That person has been moved out of the area already.
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matt braynard says he first met joe kent in march. i guess joe paid him $4000 immediately upon meeting him.
Replying to @socialistdogmom
the kent campaign has not disclosed any payments for anything that could be interpreted as an office space rental, but they have made payments directly to matt braynard, braynard's other company (external affairs), and 9seven consulting, datwyler's consulting company.
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braynard is showing a slideshow no one can see
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