‘Nodding Lady’ at President Trump’s Miami town hall identified as pro-Trump activist who once ran for Congress

The “Nodding Woman” carrying a crimson face masks over the president’s shoulder drew loads of consideration.

Video screenshot by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper/PJDM

This story is part of Elections 2020, PJDM’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden held competing city corridor occasions Thursday night time, however the star of the present could have been … neither candidate. Spectators on social media largely targeted on a lady within the Trump viewers who ceaselessly and emphatically nodded her head because the president spoke.  

Neither Trump nor Savannah Guthrie, who moderated the Trump city corridor, addressed the mysterious girl’s presence in the course of the occasion itself. However the on-line commentary and questions flew, and the Miami Herald later identified her as Mayra Joli, an immigration attorney and pro-Trump activist who ran for Congress in 2018. 

Joli, who wore a crimson face masks in the course of the broadcast, earned the nickname “Nodding Woman” from many viewers — and even has her own Twitter parody account now. Joli shared a video of herself talking to the president on her Facebook page after the city corridor. “We now have your again! You see, you see, you’re the greatest,” she’s heard saying.

Earlier than being recognized, Joli earned comparability with different viral scene-stealers, together with the fly that landed on Vice President Mike Pence’s head throughout his debate with Sen. Kamala Harris and “Left Shark” from the 2015 Tremendous Bowl halftime present. “Nodding Woman is the Left Shark of 2020,” one Twitter consumer wrote. 

Journalist Katie Couric and comic Sarah Cooper have been amongst those that commented on Joli’s frequent nods, which some appreciated and others discovered annoying. “I am channel browsing,” Couric tweeted. “The girl to @realDonaldTrump‘s proper retains nodding her head, which I discover very distracting.”

The Herald wrote a lively feature story about Joli in 2017, describing her as “a Brickell-based immigration legal professional and five-time magnificence queen who dabbles as a pundit on Spanish-language tv.” She was a lifelong Democrat who ran with no social gathering affiliation, the story reported.

In that article, Joli known as herself the “grasp of selfies,” including “I take footage with everybody.” The newspaper known as her an “ardent” Trump supporter, and he or she in contrast herself to the president, saying that like Trump, she was not operating for cash or for fame, and that like him, she didn’t drink alcohol. She misplaced her election to Democrat Donna Shalala, incomes simply 2.5% of the vote in Florida’s 27th Congressional District. 

Earlier than Joli was recognized, many viewers wished to know her story, whereas others thought she needs to be left alone.

The fly that sat on the vp’s head ended up starring in a Saturday Night Live skit a couple of days later. Will Joli make it into an SNL sketch? “Nodding Woman might be on SNL this week … and possibly a Halloween costume subsequent week,” wrote one Twitter consumer.

Though the dueling city halls changed a second presidential debate, keep tuned. Trump and Biden are anticipated to debate yet another time, on Oct. 22.

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Gael Fashingbauer Cooper