The woman who warmed a seat at the Springfield, Illinois rally has been identified as Johari Osayi Idusuyi, 20, a student at Lincoln Land Community College. She told local ABC affiliate WCIS she wasn’t interested in Trump, “But if you have the chance to see a presidential candidate, why not?”
A campaign worker seated Idusuyi and her friends in vacant seats behind the podium. “I think we were chosen for obvious reasons. We are minorities and there weren’t a lot of minorities there. He also instructed us to sit in the middle, so we kind of already knew what this was,” she divulges.
Idusuyi explains she arrived with good intentions. Her good will was thwarted when demonstrators were bullied. In fact, one lady wore a hat with Barack Obama on it. Someone actually pulled her hat off her head and her hair went with it. “Then he threw it into crowd and everybody cheered. I thought, ‘That’s bullying. That’s aggressive.’ I don’t think Trump handled it with grace.”
That’s when she commenced to reading Citizen, a book of poetry written by Claudia Rankine. It’s when the seniors behind her tapped her on the shoulder and said, “If you don’t wanna be here then leave,” she tells Jezebel.
Idusuyi and the grandparents brigade exchanged words, curtly.
“If I met this couple at an event or a dinner party, I would think they were nice people. They probably are nice people. But I don’t think they have any right to tell me what to do,” she warns.