Donald Trump had a special guest during his State of the Union address who fell asleep in the middle of the whole thing. Now he’s an internet star.
Joshua Trump is an 11-year-old boy from Wilmington, Delaware whose last name turned out to be a problem for him in school. He became a subject of bullying despite having no relation to the president of the United States.
Donald Trump got wind of his ordeal and decided to invite him to his annual address. He was made to sit in his wife Melania Trump’s box, a privilege he would soon be bored with.
Sometime during the president’s speech, Joshua dozed off. It was a pretty long speech (reportedly the third longest in history) and it ran way past his bedtime.
Anti-Trump netizens couldn’t help but shine the light on him when photos of him slumped in his seat and fast asleep made the rounds of the internet.
“Went from being bullied to a LEGEND in 24 hours!!!!!,” one user wrote to describe the scene.
Josh Weinberg, Hillary Clinton’s former campaign staffer wrote,
“JOSHUA TRUMP RULES.”
Josh Jordan added, “Joshua Trump truly represents America” while another Twitter user mockingly wrote,
“Joshua Trump is a Trump I can get behind.”
Now that Joshua is quite the sleeping superstar, here’s hoping his newfound fame will overshadow the torment he went through carrying his last name.
His mother, Megan Trump told WPVI that he was cursed at, called an idiot and labeled stupid the moment Trump ran for president. They were forced to homeschool him for a year after he started to hate himself and his last name.
“He feels sad all the time, and he doesn’t want to live feeling like that anymore, and as a parent that’s scary.”
Joshua had to change his last name to his father’s name Berto. This is now the name registered in the school system.
While Joshua’s behavior during the SOTU made him a hit, another person in the audience was slammed for her seemingly obnoxious stance.
New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was anything but impressed with Trump’s speech and showed it in her facial expressions. She was often caught stone-faced and would skip the clapping when everyone else did. Ocasio-Cortez was labeled a “brat” on social media but she had a reason or rather a question in response.
"Why should I be 'spirited and warm' for this embarrassment of a #SOTU?"
Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman at 29 to become a representative in the US Congress. Someone said she looked “sullen, teenaged and at a loss” during Trump’s address but the Democratic congresswoman was wearing a pin that seemed to explain her stance. It read,
"Well behaved women rarely make history."
Cortez is one of many who frowned upon the latest State of the Nation address. Senator Bernie Sanders thought the speech was racist. CNN analysts deemed it "vintage Trump" with his unpredictability and conflicting messages.
However, there was a turning point in his speech that surprised even Trump himself. He got a standing ovation even from Democrats after he announced that 58% of new jobs have been filled by women.
Clearly, there's no way to predict how the wind will blow when Trump is involved.