The crowd of Donald Trump supporters Thursday didn’t realize that Melisa Boyett wasn’t supposed to be a warm-up speaker for vice presidential candidate Mike Pence.
Boyett managed to sneak past security and get on stage at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts while the audience awaited Pence’s arrival.
Boyett supported Democrat Bernie Sanders in the March primary but now says she’s running for president herself. She didn’t mention that during her brief speech from the Pence campaign stage, nor did she mention Pence, Trump or Sanders.
Instead, she drew cheers from the crowd with a call to “love thy neighbor.” And she encouraged the audience to check out her website, beincorruptible.com. On the website, she notes that her “career goal” is “to be the next President of the United States.”
Boyett had the stage to herself for several minutes before security guards escorted her out of the building. The U.S. Secret Service was in charge of security for Wednesday’s events, and multiple officers were stationed at the edges of the stage when Pence arrived a few minutes later.
Boyett could not be reached for comment after the event. But in a recent interview with Triad City Beat, she said she thinks Trump will withdraw from the election and instead endorse her to be president.