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“Trump that Bitch,” Black Vendors Sell Trump Merchandise

Vendors hawked Trump merchandise and entertainers performed to make money off the Republican National Convention. (Photo Credit: Milbert Brown, Howard University News Service)

Vendors hawked Trump merchandise and entertainers performed to make money off the Republican National Convention. (Photo Credit: Milbert Brown, Howard University News Service)

By Tatyana Hopkins

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 black street vendor sprinkled among the scores of temporary merchants flooding downtown Cleveland streets for the opportunity to sell novelty items to thousands of visitors at the Republican National Convention. 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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