Donald Trump spoke for more than a hour during his visit to the Prairie Capital Convention Center, but one woman behind him seemed more interested in the book she was reading.
Now that woman has become the newest trending topic appearing in articles all over the internet and even on Jimmy Kimmel.
Johari Osayi Idusuyi’s reaction to Donald Trump’s speech in Springfield has landed her in the spotlight, but she showed up to the event on Monday for a low key reason.
“I’m genuinely not interested in him as a person, but if you have the chance to see a presidential candidate, why not?” asked Idusuyi.
She arrived with friends around five, when doors opened.
She saw the open seats on the stage, but was told it was VIP only.
A few minutes later a man offered her the chance to sit behind Donald Trump.
“It wasn’t conniving, we didn’t sneak in there. 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,” said Idusuyi.
After witnessing protesters being thrown out and what she calls bullying, Johari says she just lost interest in the event.
“Some a mix of educated and uneducated, everyone on the spectrum cheering for such ignorance and that’s when I was just taken a back and that’s when my energy had shifted,” said Idusuyi.
So Johari started reading a book she brought with her called Citizen, it’s a series of poems about race in America.
She says her protest wasn’t intentional, but she hopes Trump and his supporters pick up the book and learn some empathy.
“I came here, yes, to observe a man that I already had low expectations for, but I thought maybe he could change my mind. Maybe it was just a media thing and I’m judging too fast based on what the media says and I was wrong, I wasn’t. He was exactly what I expected him to be and his supporters are exactly what I expected them to be,” said Idusuyi.
Johari says some supporters sitting around her did notice her reading and told her she could leave, but she said since she was wasn’t being an interruption she didn’t feel the need to.
Johari says she hopes all of this attention means more people will read a book that she thinks everyone can learn something from.