'Nodding Woman' behind Trump at town hall is former House candidate

Source: The Hill | October 16, 2020 | Celine Castronuovo

A woman who attended President Trump’s NBC town hall Thursday evening and gained notoriety on social media for nodding her head and giving a thumbs up behind the president, ran for a Congressional seat in 2018 as an independent, pro-Trump candidate.

According to the Miami Herald, Florida immigration attorney and Trump supporter Mayra Joli was seated behind the president during the town hall. She became associated with the hashtags “#noddingwoman” and “#noddinglady” on Twitter following Thursday’s event.

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Joli, who the Miami Herald said referred to herself as the “master of selfies” during her 2018 campaign, greeted the president after the town hall Thursday, as seen in a video she posted on Facebook

“We have your back! You see, you see you are the best,” Joli said to Trump as he talked to audience members after the event. 

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According to the Herald, Joli is a five-time beauty queen who also serves as a commentator on Spanish-language television. She has consistently vocalized her support for Trump, saying in a 2017 interview with the Herald that he inspired her campaign.

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