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Kentucky Valedictorian delivers quote to applause, until he reveals true origin

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BELL COUNTY, Ky. - A Bell County high school student and valedictorian Ben Bowling wanted to share some words of wisdom with his graduating class, but he also knew how to read the room.

"This is the part of my speech where I share some inspirational quotes I found on Google," 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." 

The crowd burst into applause. But then, he revealed a twist, "Just kidding," Bowling said. "That was Barack Obama." 

That's when, the 18-year-old valedictorian says, the crowd fell silent.

Bowling, who graduated Saturday morning, told the Courier Journal, "I just thought it was a really good quote," Bowling said. "Most people wouldn't like it if I used it, so I thought I'd use Donald Trump's name. It is southeastern Kentucky after all."

The teen says he hasn't experienced any backlash from the speech.

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