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Why There Was A Giant Inflatable Rat Outside The Burkman-Wohl Presser

November 1, 2018 3:43 pm

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.

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.

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.”)

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.

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