Boy Named Trump Fell Asleep During President’s State Of The Union

by : Charlie Cocksedge on : 05 Feb 2019 18:20
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Is 2019 going to be the year where random people fall asleep and wake up as celebrities?


I hope so, I really need that kind of high octane excitement in my life right now. Regular celebrities are becoming dull and predictable, I need ones who go to sleep as regular people and wake up as heroes!

The latest addition to this elite club is 11-year-old Joshua Trump (no relation), who fell asleep during his namesake’s State of the Union speech, and woke up a hero to anti-Trumpers the world over.

Melania Trump had invited Joshua, a middle-school student from Delaware, to the president’s address as part of her anti-bullying campaign. Joshua had recently dropped out of school after he was bullied because of his last name, The Guardian reports.


However, while cameras panned across the audience as Trump (the president) spoke about building his wall along the US-Mexico border, Joshua Trump was spotted slouched down in his chair and fast asleep.

Naturally, the exciting moment during the president’s speech didn’t go unnoticed, and screenshots flew around the internet quicker than you can say covfefe.

One person wrote:

Joshua Trump, welcome to the resistance

While another simply said:



Another wrote:

Joshua Trump is a Trump I can get behind.

Raising a different point, one Twitter user wrote:

Thousands of kids bullied every year.

For being disabled.

For being LGBTQ+.

For being a different race.

I feel AWFUL for Joshua Trump, and he deserves NO AMOUNT of bullying, but it says a lot that he is the one kid Donald and Melania want to highlight as a bullying victim.

Joshua was one of 13 people to receive such an invitation to the address, from the president and the first lady.

Meanwhile, another aspirational ‘fall asleep wake up a hero’ person (or FAWUAH, if you will), was a 36-year-old guy called Jesse.

Jesse accidentally dozed off while live streaming himself on Twitch. Three hours later, he woke up to more than 200 people watching him, and even saw some monetary donations had been made to his account.

Upon rousing from his slumber, Jesse saw the amount of people still watching him and exclaimed: ‘Why? I am in dreamland.’

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Yes you are, Jesse, as are you, Joshua Trump.

Welcome to the modern world of celebrity. Not everyone can do what you can, not everyone is a FAWUAH, so please use your newfound fame responsibly.

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Charlie Cocksedge

Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist and sub-editor at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.

Topics: News


The Guardian
  1. The Guardian

    Boy named Trump who fell asleep during State of the Union hailed a hero