Lauren Batchelder was the aggressive young woman who struck a very defiant pose when questioning #Donald Trump at the No Labels Conference on October 12, 2015. She is the kind of Republican the GOP establishment prefers. A look at her LinkedIn profile is quite revealing:
- Her LinkedIn photograph shows her smiling with John McCain. It is not difficult to get such a picture but it is an interesting choice.
- She lists her experience as a Campaign Intern
#Jeb Bush for President 2016
2015 – Present (less than a year)
- Causes Lauren cares about:
- Arts and Culture
- Civil Rights and Social Action
- Human Rights
- Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
- Poverty Alleviation
- Social Services
- Women’s rights
Women’s rights? Civil rights and social action? Batchelder’s causes would be more likely to be found among among supporters of Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders than any Republican candidate.
Oh wait, she does support and work as an intern for Jeb Bush. It would be fascinating to see Bush respond to questions from her on these causes important to her. He must meet her litmus tests on these issues enough to inspire her to work for him. Or is she working for a man who she thinks opposes her causes? As the King of Siam said, “Is a puzzlement.”
I never said she was a paid Bush staffer. She self-identified herself as a Bush intern which I assume is unpaid.
How would Bush have responded differently to what Trump had said? She asked questions that would sound quite natural from a Democrat, but quite rare from a Republican. Would her own candidate Bush take any stands different from Trump? Is Trump known to pay women and men in unequal ways? Aren’t there already well-established laws about that matter anyway?
Is abortion an important value as her question indicated? Then what is she doing supporting Jeb Bush who considers himself to be “the most pro-life governor in modern times”? So why is she taunting Trump and not Bush?
While the Bush campaign may not have put her up to it, there is a lot about this that does not smell right. If it is the folly of an immature over-enthusiastic youth who does not even realize that her questions would indict her own candidate, let her admit that.
Here is a link to Lauren Batchelder’s LinkedIn profile, but in case it is taken down, here are screenshots of her profile.