Politics

Woman Calls Out Trump On Women's Issues, Trump Accuses Her Of Being Planted By Jeb Bush

| by Sean Kelly

A tough questioner at an event in New Hampshire is now believed to have been a plant — specifically, an intern for rival GOP candidate Jeb Bush.

During a John Huntsman "No Labels" event in New Hampshire on Oct. 12, Trump was asked by a young woman to comment on women’s health and equal pay issues, NBC News reports.

When the woman asked Trump if under his presidency, women would be paid the same as men, Trump reportedly responded that they will "make the same if you do as good a job."

When she asked if she would have say over her own body, he only responded by saying, "I'm pro-life."

Her questions drew applause from those in the audience, but it was quickly discovered that she might have more invested in the presidential race than some would have guessed.

The woman was later identified as Lauren Batchelder, and her LinkedIn page listed her as an intern for Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and for Trump’s presidential rival, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (screenshots via The Conservative Treehouse).

Shortly after the pieces came together, Batchelder allegedly began erasing her social media presence — most notably deleting a large chunk of her Twitter feed, according to the Conservative Treehouse. 

Batchelder’s social media also revealed several photographs with GOP presidential candidates, including her alleged boss. 

In response to the controversy, the Bush campaign said Batchelder was never paid and volunteers at several events.

“Like many in NH, Lauren is a student at St. A's who is passionate about and active in politics and attended this event on her own accord,” a Bush campaign aide told NBC News.

“While this question was not sanctioned by the campaign, we can't help but notice Mr. Trump does seem to be very sensitive about being challenged by women," the aide added.

Sources: NBC News, Conservative Treehouse / Photo credit: theconservativetreehouse.com