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Politics Woman behind Trump — and her nod — catches a share of the attention

05:05  16 october  2020
05:05  16 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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When Guthrie challenged the president, the unidentified woman shook her head to signal disapproval. She even seemed to give Trump a thumbs-up near the end of the forum.

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Donald Trump et al. standing in a room: President Donald Trump sits during a break in an NBC News Town Hall, at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. © Evan Vucci, AP President Donald Trump sits during a break in an NBC News Town Hall, at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami.

Her constant head moves sparked biting commentary on Twitter and earned her the nickname "nodding bobble head" from at least one viewer and a hashtag, #noddinglady, from others.

"I don't know who the nodding bobble head is behind Trump but someone on the Trump communications team finally earned their pay," Tom Nichols, a senior adviser to an anti-Trump group made up of disillusioned Republicans, quipped on Twitter. 

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump speaks during an NBC News Town Hall, at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. © Evan Vucci, AP President Donald Trump speaks during an NBC News Town Hall, at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami.

"She's a strategically placed paid nodder," responded one woman, whose Twitter profile identified her as a Biden supporter.

Allison Harris, a Dallas TV reporter, tweeted: "The nodding is to the Trump town hall what the fly was to the VP debate," referencing the distracting few moments of the vice presidential debate when a fly landed on Mike Pence's white hair. 

"The woman over Trump’s shoulder nodding at many of his points is a real visual coup" posted another user.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Woman behind Trump — and her nod — catches a share of the attention

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