CPAC Crowd Duped Into Waving Russian Flags During Trump Speech

A pair of progressive moles with a sense of humor were apparently responsible for a grand — although short-lived — prank at the Conservative Political Action Conference that had members proudly waving tiny banners emblazoned with the name “Trump” that were actually Russian flags.

The pranksters passed 1,000 red-white-and-blue Russian flags before Donald Trump’s speech at the conservative confab in Maryland on Friday. Audience members scooped them up and waved them enthusiastically as Trump railed against the media. He also tweeted a series of attacks earlier against the FBI, accusing it of leaking information that the White House had pressured the bureau to publicly dispute reports of contact between Trump’s aides and Russia.

The flag tricksters identified themselves as Jason Charter and Ryan Clayton with the self-described “resistance” group Americans Take Action. They purchased tickets to the conference shortly before Trump was to take the podium and handed out the flags, Charter told The Huffington Post.

Charter, 22, said that the gag was intended to mock Trump’s admiration of Russian President Vladimir Putin and highlight concerns about Trump administration ties to Russia. “Donald Trump is selling out the U.S.,” he said. 

The prank went surprisingly smoothly, he added. “I asked people if they wanted a Trump flag and they took it,” Charter said. “There were only about five people who said, ‘Wait a minute, this is the Russian flag.’”

Politico’s Tim Alberta tweeted that the crowd “gave no thought” to the Russian flag. They just saw “red, white & blue” with Trump printed on it.

Charter said that pranks can be “fun and still effective in shedding light on a serious situation.” He said Americans Take Action has several other events planned. “I, of course, can’t go into details, but we’re not stopping until Donald Trump is impeached.”

Clayton, 36, using a mock Russian accent in an interview with Atlantic, called the prank a “true-flag” operation. “It show how Trump and Russia are so connected, they like peas in pod,” he said.

CPAC organizers finally got a clue and quickly collected the flags, and warned that anyone who continued to wave or hold one would be ejected, The Hill reported. But some wanted to save the flags as souvenirs.

Clayton was quickly kicked out, but Charter managed to dodge organizers for a time, according to the men. Charter says he was finally booted when he called Trump a “fascist” and “Putin’s puppet.”

Trump has come under fire since the campaign for his strangely laudatory statements about Putin and for appearing to call on the Russian government to hack into campaign rival Hillary Clinton’s emails. Michael Flynn stepped down as Trump’s national security adviser earlier this month after it was revealed that he discussed easing sanctions against the country with Russia’s ambassador before Trump was sworn in as president. Trump has also expressed skepticism about intelligence officials’ findings that Russia was responsible for hacking Democrats’ emails and spreading fake news harmful to Clinton in a bid to sway the election toward Trump.

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We Award President Trump And His Cabinet Some “Alternative” Oscars

The newly appointed President seems obsessed with cartoonish depictions of gold and wealth. In fact, we all know President Trump dreams of gold, just take one look at this lavish apartment. He’s purported to be a man of great taste, perhaps even the greatest taste. No one has better taste than him. Except, that’s not exactly true. Somehow President Trump has amassed a cabinet of absolutely underqualified and deplorable people in a sad attempt to “drain the swamp.”

Now, we know the press isn’t allowed to sit with Sean Spicer, but we couldn’t resist sharing some Oscar fever with the new White House administration. As you’ll see in the video above, we’ve taken some time to create and award some Alternative Oscars just in time for this Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards.

Congratulations to all the winners, especially Mike Pence who looked absolutely shocked to hear that he had won the Alternative Oscar for Best Actor.

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Watch The Opening Scene Of ‘La La Land’ From The Perspective Of A Pregnant Woman

In the first scene of “La La Land,” a diverse group of Los Angeles residents break out into an upbeat song and dance number in the middle of a traffic jam on the freeway. The scene is all sunshine and exuberance.

But a new comedy video offers a very different perspective on that opening number. In this “Another Day of Sun” parody, a pregnant woman in labor sits in the backseat of her car as her partner tries to get them to the hospital as fast as he can. 

Watch as their efforts get derailed by the spontaneous musical break.

H/T Viral Viral Videos

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The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious 140-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy. Scroll down to read the latest batch and follow @HuffPostParents on Twitter for more!

The HuffPost Parents newsletter offers a daily dose of personal stories, helpful advice and comedic takes on what it’s like to raise kids today. Sign up here.

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This ‘Bachelorette’ Just Wants A Good Dog As A Husband

This is one twisted “Bachelorette” parody.

Patti wants to find her soulmate at a dog show ― among the four-legged contestants. While our intrepid lonely heart seems to be looking for love in all the wrong places, not to mention with the wrong species, at least she’s willing to put herself out there.

Just remember what happens when you lie down with dogs, “Barkchelorette.” 

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James Corden, Jordan Peele And Nick Kroll Make The Most ‘Honest’ Boy Band

The late ‘90s and early ‘00s were a rich time for boy bands ― *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees ― who sang lyrics filled with sexual innuendos our pre-pubescent ears just didn’t quite understand. But it seems there was at least one “band” that tried to keep it real. 

Enter Thr33way, the “first-ever honest boy band,” formed by James Corden, Nick Kroll and Jordan Peele. In a clip from “The Late Late Show,” the three guys opened up about their group’s mission. 

“We took existing boy band songs, cut through all the innuendo, and just got to the heart of what those songs are really about: hardcore sex,” Kroll explained. 

The “band” released songs like “I Want a Three-Way,” set to the tune of BSB’s “I Want It That Way,” and “Quit Playin’ Games with My Penis,” set to “Quit Playin’ Games with My Heart.” Then there were hits like “End of the Choad,” “Bye Bye Bi-Sexual,” “The Butt Stuff,” and of course, “MMMBoobs.” (You can probably guess how that one went.)

Things quickly went downhill for Thr33way after that last track. Add in a terrible interview with Mario Lopez, and the “band” was pretty much done.” For Peele and Kroll, it’s been a dark time. Corden, on the other hand, has “no regrets.”

Check out their story above. 

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‘Future CNN’ Is The Foreboding Twitter Feed Of Your Nightmares

It’s the news, but hopefully as we won’t ever know it.

A parody Twitter account imagines how CNN might report on President Donald Trump’s administration in the not-so-distant future.

And the @FutureCNN feed foresees a dystopian time ― when lawmakers refuse to comment on America’s war with Mexico, Democrats are skewered for “liking” Ivanka Trump’s Instagram posts and contributors debate if launching a nuclear weapon would help soothe Trump’s ego.

New York video editor Daniel Solé claims credit for the feed, which he launched last month. “Something about the tenor of the discussions on [CNN] began to gnaw at me, both before and after the election,” the 34-year-old told The Huffington Post via email this week.

“They aren’t Fox, and they aren’t MSNBC,” he said. “[CNN] seems to be trying its damnedest to occupy a middle ground that’s mostly been obliterated. I see it as both noble and desperate, but mostly dystopian.”

Solé described his parody account as “sort of a rogue time-traveling CNN operative warning us from the future while we still have a chance to change it.”

With almost 13,000 followers ― including, Solé claimed, several CNN hosts — he balances the posts between “humor and horror,” but admitted they often lean “hard towards the latter.”

“The priority is plausibility,” he said. “But shaded with a little comedy to help it go down easier.”

Check out the full account here.

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Conan O’Brien Hits Mexico City To Raise Cash For Donald Trump’s Border Wall

Conan O’Brien is giving President Donald Trump a helping hand in financing his U.S.-Mexico border wall. Kind of.

The late night TV host is relocating his show to Mexico City for a special one-off episode next week. So he decided to use his spare time to (satirically) raise funds for the controversial project.

In a clip posted online Friday, the comedian hit the streets of Mexico’s capital to ask local residents for cash donations — and even offered them incentives in exchange for their money. After all, as the comedian told them, Trump has repeatedly stated that “Mexico will pay for the wall.”

See how successful O’Brien was (not) in raising money in the clip above.

His special ― titled “Conan Without Borders: Made In Mexico” ― is slated to air on TBS on March 1. 

All the crew filming the show in front of an all-Mexican audience at a Mexico City studio hail from the country, and it will feature only guests from Mexico.

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