WASHINGTON: Observers of US politics were left horrified on Wednesday after discovering a far-right conspiracy theorist had briefly assumed control of a branch of the federal government.
While questions remain about the manner by which he entered the position, the man occupied a key seat in the capital for longer than many experts thought possible, especially for someone lacking any prior governing experience.
Reports indicated the man, who had a painted face and terrible taste in headwear, was propelled into the position by a furious mob of disaffected white people.
National security commentators expressed alarm at the ease with which he gained access to the corridors of power - enabled by the support of some of those responsible for safeguarding the nation's institutions - and the damage he was able to do once he got there.
However it quickly became apparent that, beyond some shouting and posturing for social media, he had little idea what to do with the position once he had achieved it, and he was soon ejected from federal property.
It remains to be seen whether law-enforcement officials will hold him accountable for his actions. All indications are that the man will seek to parlay his newfound notoriety into further media appearances.