Copeny, who holds the title of Little Miss Flint, met Trump during his campaign stop in Michigan. A picture of the two, which has since gone viral, shows Trump (orange and grinning) next to a terrified Copeny.
Many were quick to ask the electorate to trust Little Miss Flint's instincts.
To be fair to Little Miss Flint, many children are terrified of clowns. https://t.co/spY6jGqcQE
— Jeff Tiedrich [retired account — see bio] (@Jeff Tiedrich [retired account — see bio])
Trump's photo op with Little Miss #Flint. See the girl's good instincts. She smells sulfur & hears snakes slithering https://t.co/lrHqvsO0JJ
The look on Little Miss Flint's face perfectly encapsulating the American electorate, 2016. https://t.co/YbyqdwQ6V9
— A Feast for Dermestids (@A Feast for Dermestids)
Before Trump arrived, Copeny's mother LuLu Brezzell told MLive.com: "Hillary's been here, we heard what she had to say. Now I want to hear what [Trump] has to say."
This isn't the first time Copeny has met an American politician. In May, she met President Barack Obama after writing to him about the work she has done to bring attention to the Flint water crisis. Twitter users were quick to point out that the nine-year-old was much happier to see Obama.
#PresidentObama meets the adorable 8 year old, 'Little Miss Flint' Mari Copeny. #ObamaAndKids #UniteBlue https://t.co/86VBV6vhPV