A woman who has become an internet meme after repeatedly nodding and giving a thumbs up at President Trump’s town hall, is a Miami-based immigration lawyer who ran for Congress as a pro-Trump candidate in 2018.
Mayra Joli has been identified as the ‘Nodding Lady’ sitting in the audience directly behind Trump at NBC News town hall at Perez Art Museum in Miami on Thursday.
Joli, who was wearing a red face mask and a white blouse, caught viewers’ attention after nodding in approval at nearly every statement as Trump spoke to host Savannah Guthrie.
Anyone see this lady nodding in agreement with EVERYTHING @realDonaldTrump says?!
— itsjuszay (@itsjuszay) October 16, 2020
Her behavior quickly generated buzz on Twitter, where some compared her to the infamous fly that stole the show at last week’s vice presidential debate after landing on Mike Pence’s head.
‘I wish I had someone who believed me the way that woman with red mask believes Trump. We could all be so lucky,’ one person joked.
‘Nodding lady is tonight’s fly #TrumpTownHall,’ another added.
And as proven at Thursday’s event, Joli has been revealed to be an ardent Trump supporter, as well as an immigration lawyer who has dabbled in politics in the past.
The woman is the founder and CEO of Miami-based Joli Law Firm which specializes in immigration and uses ‘Your American Dream Starts Here’ as its slogan.
Among its areas of practice are family-based petitions, temporary protected status (TPS), detentions and naturalizations, according to the website.
Just two years ago, Joli ran as a candidate for Florida’s 27th Congressional District but lost to Democratic opponent Donna Shalala after gaining just 2.5 per cent of the vote, The Miami-Herald reported.
Joli, who is from the Dominican Republic, is also a five-time beauty queen who sometimes serves as a pundit on Spanish networks.
While she described herself as a non-party affiliate and ran as an independent, campaign videos show her platform was closely aligned with conservative views.
During her 2018 campaign she revealed Trump had inspired her congressional bid.
‘I am not looking to run because I need a paycheck, like Donald Trump. I’m not looking to run because I need fame, like Donald Trump. I’m running because I need this country to succeed,’ she wrote on Facebook. ‘Like Donald Trump, I don’t drink.’
Videos also showed Joli weighing in on issues such as a affordable housing, which she described as being poorly run.
‘You know what happened with affordable housing? The special interest – for which I am against, anything anti-establishment I’m there,’ she said.
‘They take the subsidized money that the government gives them, they build the houses, they don’t maintain it and fill it with crime, drugs and guns.’
The one-time aspiring politician is vocal about her support for the president on social media and frequently posts messages and photos rooting for Trump.
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Source: Daily Mail