Not only did conservative activists Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl have a packed room for their press conference to hype allegations against special counsel Robert Mueller. A giant inflatable rat, apparently dressed like President Trump, was blown up outside of the Holiday Inn in Rosslyn, Virginia, Burkman’s go-to spot to promote his cause du jour.
Someone brought a blow-up Trump rat to the hotel parking lot. This “circus” is why the purported accuser is not here, Wohl said pic.twitter.com/jJQbKHiS9M
— Tierney Sneed (@Tierney_Megan) November 1, 2018
Burkman and Wohl repeatedly referenced the ballon rat, which could be seen from the window at the front of the conference room. Wohl pointed to it to explain that the “circus” atmosphere had led the accuser they were set to unveil Thursday to bail on appearing in person.
Per the Daily Beast’s Will Sommer, who was also in attendance at Thursday’s presser, the rat balloon was brought by liberal twitter personality Claude Taylor, who carries it on a truck.
Liberal activist Claude Taylor, aka True Facts Stated, has shown up with a giant inflatable rat. pic.twitter.com/IeR2OIRBXG
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) November 1, 2018
Taylor himself touted his and the the rat’s presence at Thursday’s presser. Wohl also noted it on Twitter (albeit falsely labeling it “Antifa.”)
Antifa has arrived pic.twitter.com/cHCpE2QwIM
— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) November 1, 2018
Heading up to presser with John and Jacob pic.twitter.com/J6iGduBawH
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) November 1, 2018
According to a Washingtonian profile of Taylor, the Hawaiian shirt connoisseur worked for the Bill Clinton campaign in 1992 and 1996. He operates the Twitter account @TrueFactsStated, which has more than 200,000 followers. From there he tweets updates about the #RatTruck’s operations, along with an assortment of anti-Trump content.