Ben Bowling, a valedictorian in Kentucky, shared some words of wisdom with his fellow graduating class members, words of wisdom that nobody saw coming.
“This is the part of my speech where I share some inspirational quotes I found on Google,” Bowling said in his speech. “‘Don’t just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.’ — Donald J. Trump.”
His classmates, living in a predominately red state, immediately burst entire cheers. Bowling then quickly shifted gears.”Just kidding,” he said. “That was Barack Obama.”
The 18-year-old valedictorian then watched as the crowd went almost completely silent.
“The crowd erupted in applause and before they could even finish clapping I said I was kidding and the applause quickly died,” Bowling said.
The quote shift wasn’t supposed to draw attention to any type of political misgivings. Bowling said he thought it would be a light-hearted joke that featured an important message.
In Bell County, located in the southeastern part of Kentucky that borders Tennessee, Trump received most of the vote during the 2016 Presidential primary.
On a positive note, Bowling told USA Today there was no backlash from the jab, although a few people did groan at the sudden realization.
Bowling will now depart Bell County High School where he finished with a 4.216-grade point average. He’ll be heading to the University of Kentucky to study biology before heading into medicine.
Here’s a video of Ben Bowling’s speech:
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