February 6, 2019 10:22 am
Updated: February 6, 2019 3:42 pm

Joshua Trump, child bullied over his name, falls asleep at State of the Union

WATCH LIVE: 11-year-old Joshua Trump won over Twitter Tuesday evening after he was seen live from the gallery sleeping in his seat during the president's State of the Union speech.

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Joshua Trump, an 11-year-old who was bullied for having the same last name as the president, was among the guests invited to the State of the Union on Tuesday.

But he did not seem to make it through the 90-minute speech and fell asleep next to First Lady Melania Trump. And now he is being hailed as a hero online.

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Joshua had dropped out of school in Delaware because he said he was bullied over this last name. His parents said his classmates had called him an “idiot” and “stupid” for sharing the president’s last name.

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As U.S. President Donald Trump talked about the U.S.-Mexico border wall, Joshua appeared to be taking a nap, which sparked laughter on Twitter, with some users even calling the 11-year-old part of the anti-Trump resistance.

After Joshua’s story of bullying came to light, the first lady invited him to attend the president’s State of the Union address. He was one of the 13 guests invited by the president and the first lady.

“Unfortunately, Joshua has been bullied in school due to his last name,” a White House statement said. “He is thankful to the first lady and the Trump family for their support.”

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