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A man in an orange jumpsuit and a red MAGA hat sits inside a cage, his head in his hands, and weeps.

He looks around before standing at a blackboard and writing: 'Where is everyone?'

He sits down and weeps again.

The prisoner is Brandon Straka, a pro-Trump campaigner. And the one-man show highlighting his experience after being arrested in connection with the January 6 riot is the oddest exhibit at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas.

A crowd watches him as they listen on headsets to the testimony of other people who were also arrested for their part in the attack. 

Then, just when it seemed things couldn't get stranger, rightwing firebrand Marjorie Taylor Greene arrived to take things to the next level. She was let into the eight-foot high cage where she kneeled and prayed with the inmate. 

A drained Straka, 45, spoke to DailyMail.com at the end of his performance. He explained that he wanted to highlight the stress and suffering of people prosecuted for minor crimes on the day of the riot. 

'I think I have a lot of pent up pain and anxiety and fear, and it actually has been very kind of cathartic and therapeutic in a way as well,' he said, sitting in the tiny cell.

Brandon Straka caused a stir at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, with a piece of performance art designed to highlight what he says is unfair treatment of people arrested for minor crimes committed during the January 6 attack

The crowd roared when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene appeared, entering the cage to join Straka

He said he was taken by surprise when she knelt and prayed with him on Friday afternoon

Straka, the founder of the conservative '#WalkAway' campaign, pleaded guilty last September to misdemeanour charges of 'engaging in disorderly and disruptive conduct in the Capitol Building or grounds. 

He avoided jail time and was instead sentenced to 90 days of home confinement and three years' probation.

He did not enter the Capitol itself and maintained that he was there to film what was happening. But he admitted shouting, 'Go, go, go,' as the mob tried to storm the building. 

During the performance he slumped on the floor. At times he paced the cell. 

'I think everybody is in agreement that anybody who committed violence, vandalism who caused extreme fear on that day needs to pay an appropriate price for what they did,' he said.

'But there are a lot of people suffering, I think, unduly. I think it's very disproportionate to what they actually did. 

'And even more than that, I would like to say at this point that the hatred on both sides has to stop. It's time to forgive people who made mistakes on both sides.' 

The performance was a hit with attendees, who crowded around for a better view of Straka

The testimony of people arrested in connection with the Capitol riot was played through headsets, 'silent disco' style. They described being kept in solitary confinement

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A soundtrack to the performance is offered through headphones in the style of a 'silent disco.

Different voices describe what they say was disproportionate treatment by the authorities 

'They put me in a cell by myself,' said one voice. 'Total solitary confinement and a cell not much bigger than a walk-in closet.

'And I spent the following nine days in that cell in total solitary confinement.'

Another said: 'I didn't see a clock for four days. I had no concept of what day or time it was or what was happening or not happening.'

The performance on Friday afternoon drew a big crowd.

And it cheered when Greene entered the cage. 

'I think I have a lot of pent up pain and anxiety and fear, and it actually has been very kind of cathartic and therapeutic in a way as well,' Straka told DailyMail.com

Straka said he was taken by surprise.

'She prayed with me for our nation,' he said. 'Both sides of the aisle for all people and no, I thought it was a really beautiful, special moment.'

Critics will say he is seeking soft treatment for political allies. Punishments are not meant to be easy.

In response, Straka insisted he was not trying to get anyone off the hook for violent crimes committed on January 6 last year. 

'I know people who saw open doors and walk through them and their lives have been destroyed,' he said.

'They've been turned in by their children. It's pretty horrific. 

Conservatives are holding a four-day conference in Dallas, Texas. Former President Donald Trump is due to deliver the key-note speech on Saturday evening 

Trump cutouts are used to sell conservative cellphone plans at CPAC Texas in Dallas

'So I am not suggesting nobody did anything wrong. And I'm not suggesting people shouldn't pay a price for what they did. 

'What I'm saying is that this is an enormous amount of despair, and pain, and suffering and division that has been caused.'

Among the observers was Judy Nordean. Her son Ethan is a leader of the Proud Boys, and has been indicted on seditious conspiracy charges for his alleged role on Jan. 6.

She maintains his innocence and said Straka was doing an important job of keeping the issue alive.

'They are being falsely accused,' she said. 'They have no criminal history whatsoever. 

'We are going to fight like hell.'

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Ex-Bills QB Takes Starting Rep With Giants as Daniel Jones Struggles

Getty Tyrod Taylor makes a throw during a New York Giants practice.

It may have only been a single snap, but Tyrod Taylor is getting a chance to play with the first team in New York Giants training camp as incumbent starter Daniel Jones continues to struggle.

As The Athletic’s Dan Duggan reported, Jones was pulled for a play during practice on August 8, giving the former Buffalo Bills starter a chance to take a rep with the first-team offense. The shake-up came after Jones missed on several passes and took a sack on another, leading to a testy exchange between the Giants quarterback and head coach Brian Daboll.

“It was jarring to see Jones removed for one snap during the first team period of the day,” Duggan wrote. “Taylor got his first rep of camp with the starting offense, completing a short pass to wide receiver Kadarius Toney, before Jones returned.”

Though Jones still has a grip on the starting job, Taylor has impressed in training camp and could have a chance to take over if the struggles continue.

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Taylor’s Strong Showing

As Duggan noted, Taylor has looked noticeably sharper than Jones through the first 10 practices of Giants training camp. Though the Giants appear committed to the fourth-year Jones as the starter when the season begins, it is now a strong possibility that Taylor could take over at some point.

“There isn’t going to be a quarterback controversy after one first-team rep for Taylor. But the ice has at least been cracked,” Duggan wrote.

Tyrod Taylor has an absolutely gorgeous deep ball…

Awesome catch as well ???? pic.twitter.com/z426hvjm5n

— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) August 3, 2022

The pressure could build if Taylor were to continue performing well in the preseason.

Pressure Could Build on Jones

While Duggan and others have downplayed the significance of Jones being benched for a rep, there is also a belief that the Giants have Jones on a short leash this season. Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports wrote that given the number of playmakers the Giants have added, Taylor may be the best bet at starter this season.

Of course cherry-picking a bad play from Daniel Jones here but I have a take:

given the playmakers the Giants have added + improved OL, Tyrod Taylor gives NYG the best opportunity go above .500 this season. https://t.co/vdvdj7e14M

— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) August 8, 2022

Taylor has not been a regular starter since leaving the Bills after the 2017 season, when he helped lead the team to the playoffs for the first time in 17 seasons. Taylor did start six games for the Houston Texans last season, completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 966 yards with 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.

Since joining the Giants in March, Taylor has made it clear that he understands his place in the depth chart and is not publicly challenging Jones for the starting job. But Taylor said he is still preparing as if he were the starter.

“I view it as coming in, obviously, learning the offense, pushing the guys in the room, and just going out and putting my best foot forward each day,” Taylor told the Giants’ official website in March. “My process since I’ve been drafted in 2011 has been to prepare as the starter. Obviously, at the quarterback position you never know when your number is called. You want to be able to go in and play at a high level. So, that’s my focus. I’ll continue to keep working as we get back in the swing of things in April.”

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