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Bored With Donald Trump: How A Student Became An Internet Trend By Reading A Book At Rally

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:57:48 Z)

The woman who became an internet thing for reading a book at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Springfield, Missouri, explains she just lost interest in the GOP frontrunner's stump speech.

Johari Osayi Idusuyi says she suspects a campaign worker invited her to sit on the VIP stand directly behind Trump because she is an African American and most of the people there were white. "It wasn't conniving, we didn't sneak in there," the college student told Springfield's WICS. "He asked us, probably for obvious reasons, but we went, we took the opportunity, and we sat and he told us to sit in the middle and we did,"

She picked up the book and started reading during the speech when her "energy shifted" into disinterest with what Trump was saying, she said. The book was "Citizen," which is a series of poems about race in America. She told the TV reporter she hopes Trump and his supporters pick up the book.

Watch a trending Vine post that isolates her notable reaction when a man sitting near her tries to get her to stop reading and listen to Trump.

Lead Stories' Trendolizer scours social nets for trending Trump content. Type Trump in our site search box to see a whole bunch of it, to scroll down to see the latest top 10.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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