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Woman confronted for reading ‘Citizen: An American Lyric’ at Donald Trump rally

woman at Donald Trump rally

See the woman in the upper right corner of this photo?

On Monday, Donald Trump spent an hour in Springfield, Illinois, speaking to a crowd of supporters. And one defiant woman sitting directly behind him. She was obviously paid to be there. They didn’t pay her to listen.

The woman spent much of the rally chatting with the companion next to her, texting and checking her phone, determined to read the paperback book in her hand. And guess which book she was brazenly reading?

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. The internationally acclaimed and award-winning collection of poetry on racism in America that was adapted by Stephen Sachs  into a sold-out stage phenomenon this summer at the Fountain Theatre directed by Shirley Jo Finney.

Reading ‘Citizen’ at the Trump rally led to a confrontation between the woman and an avid Trump supporter. This video was caught by Vic Berger.

We don’t know who the woman is. We just hope she starts a book club.