BUSTED: “Gotcha Girl” Who Went After Trump Outed As Staffer of Rival GOP Candidate
The young woman who made news when she challenged Donald Trump at an event claiming, “I don’t think you’re a friend to women,” has been revealed to be not only a paid staff member of a GOP Senator, but a volunteer in the campaign of one of Trump’s competitors for the Republican nomination.
Lauren Batchelder was a member of the audience at the recent “No Labels” conference in Manchester, New Hampshire when asked Trump, “If you become president, will a woman make the same as a man, and do I get to choose what I do with my body?”
The exchange was picked up by the media who called her the “gotcha” girl and became a feature of CNN’s reporting during the news cycle.
Ironically, Batchelder’s was quickly identified as a volunteer for the Bush campaign. She has also served as a paid intern for U.S. Representative Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).
“I knew I shouldn’t have picked her,” Trump joked before answering the question.
“I respect women and I'm going to take care of them. Jeb Bush said he doesn't want to fund women's health issues, you read that, you saw it, and then he took it back, later.”
The 18-year-old intern’s social media sites revealed her connection to the Bush campaign with a LinkedIn bio listing her current position as political blogger and “campaign intern with Jeb Bush for President 2016.”
During the Republican debate on September 16, 2015, Batchelder tweeted, “I love you Jeb. Sorry you have to be next to Trump.”
Although her Twitter account has been deleted, numerous screen grabs showed photographs of Batchelder posing with the former Florida governor and Bush family scion, as well as posts such as, [email protected] best boss ever! Go go governor!!!!!!!!! :D”
Following the s0-called “gotcha” moment, one of Trump’s advisers, Daniel Scavino Jr., tweeted, “If you watched #NoLabels Conference in New Hampshire today, NOTE the Jeb plant. Lauren Batchelder. JEB is desperate.”
The most recent RealClear Poll shows Trump at 23.8 percent and Bush at 7.3 percent.
The Bush campaign has admitted that Batchelder is a volunteer, but claims she was not sent to the New Hampshire event on its behalf to antagonize Trump. Spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger said the 18-year-old “attended on her own accord” adding that Batchelder’s question was not written or approved by the Bush camp.
Batchelder has not responded to media requests for comment.