- The Washington Times
Friday, October 16, 2020

A Black woman who repeatedly nodded in agreement with President Trump during his NBC town hall meeting in Miami Thursday evening enraged the left on social media Thursday night.

The woman, revealed to be immigration attorney and pro-Trump activist Mayra Joli, captured America’s attention after she was seen enthusiastically agreeing with the president while seated behind him during the town hall with moderator Savannah Guthrie, sparking the viral hashtag #NoddingWoman. Critics demanded to know Ms. Joli’s identity and accused her of being paid by the Trump campaign.

“Journalists, if you don’t find out who that woman is nodding behind Trump at an ‘undecided’ voter town hall, then I don’t know what you’re getting paid for,” the Lincoln Project’s Tom Nichols tweeted.

“A parody of Taken about a black woman who follows Trump around nodding at everything he says. It’s called… Token,” tweeted author and comedian Sarah Cooper.

“Who thinks the Black woman in the audience behind Trump who keeps nodding to what he says was part of the campaign negotiation to have him on NBC News?” podcaster Julio Ricardo Varela tweeted.

After Thursday’s town hall, Ms. Joli, who did not ask Mr. Trump a question during the event, posted a video to Facebook showing herself and other attendees interacting with the president.

“We have your back! You see, you see you are the best,” Ms. Joli shouted to the president, The Miami Herald reported.

“Where are you from?” Mr. Trump replied.

“I’m from the Dominican Republic, but I’m American, I’m an American,” Ms. Joli said.

“Hey, Sammy Sosa?” Mr. Trump said, referring to the Dominican-born former Chicago Cubs baseball player.

Ms. Joli then claimed that Mr. Sosa endorsed her 2018 congressional run, where she garnered 2.5% of the vote as an independent in Florida’s 27th Congressional District, The Herald reported.

“I appreciate all the support,” Mr. Trump said.

Conservatives on social media widely praised Ms. Joli, calling her a breath of fresh air during the contentious, at times, exchange with Ms. Guthrie.

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