Trump was grilled by a young woman during a Q&A session at a bipartisan "No Labels" political conference in New Hampshire on Monday, a young woman who turned out to be a Jeb! staffer. She asked him about his views on women, abortion, and equal pay, and got multiple cheers from the crowd — cheers that were way louder than the silence during Trump's textbook "I cherish women" response.
People were pretty stoked about what happened—CNN even published a video about the incident titled "Donald Trump 'trumped' by woman:"
They were too quick to jump the gun, though—the right-leaning news blog "The Conservative Treehouse" uncovered that the young woman was actually a Jeb Bush staffer. Her name is Lauren Rose Batchelder, and she's an 18-year-old freshman at New Hampshire's St. Anselm College. Here's some pictures from her Facebook:
According to her Linkedin, she became a "Campaign Intern" for Jeb Bush in 2015:
She has expressed her support for Jeb on Facebook—
—in addition to tweeting about her political views. Although she deleted her Twitter, some of her tweets were archived upon the discovery of her identity:
Trump was quick to go in on Jeb, accusing him of using her as an audience plant:
Bush's campaign responded to the accusations:
Allie Brandenburger, a spokeswoman for Bush's campaign, said Batchelder is not a paid staff member and attended the convention on her own.
"While this question was not sanctioned by the campaign," Brandenburger said in an e-mail Tuesday morning, "we can't help but notice Mr. Trump does seem to be very sensitive about being challenged by women."
Bush's lead spokesperson also tweeted the following:
Whatever side you're on, we can all agree that Batchelder holds the record for most selfies with Republican presidential candidates: