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TATYANA HOPKINS, Howard University News Service
Published: 22 July 2016

Shy Drayton, 21, said she will follow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump throughout the remainder of his campaign.  Drayton, however, is not a Trump supporter. Instead, she is one of the Black street vendors sprinkled among the scores temporary merchants flooding downtown Cleveland streets for the opportunity to sell novelty items to thousands of visitors at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland.   

Some, surprisingly, are Trump supporters.

Others, like Drayton, have different motives for being here.  

“I don’t agree with his policies,” she said.  “I’m out here for a purpose — to pay my bills. It’s easy to separate business from personal.” 


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