Kentucky Valedictorian Gets Classmates to Applaud Quote by Donald Trump — Before Stunning Them with Its Actual Source

Bill Bowling knew the crowd would not like the quote if he told them first off who said it.

Bell County high school student Bill Bowling

A high school valedictorian in Louisville, Kentucky last week pulled the bait-and-switch on his classmates during his graduation speech, letting the audience celebrate a quote from “Donald J. Trump,” before admitting to the crowd those words actually belonged to Barack Obama.

"This is the part of my speech where I share some inspirational quotes I found on Google," Bell County high school student Bill 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." 

As the crowd began to cheer, Bowling added: "Just kidding. That was Barack Obama.”

"The crowd erupted in applause and before they could even finish clapping I said I was kidding and the applause quickly died," Bowling explained

Asked about his speech, Bowling told USA Today he chose to quote because he “just thought it was a really good quote.”

“Most people wouldn’t like it if I used it, so thought I’d use Donald Trump’s name,” Bowling said. “It is southeastern Kentucky after all.”

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Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.