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Fame follows SC politician’s wife who tested Trump’s hair

The front page of the New York Post on Friday featured Mary Margaret Bannister inspecting Donald Trump’s hair in Greenville.
The front page of the New York Post on Friday featured Mary Margaret Bannister inspecting Donald Trump’s hair in Greenville.

Sit at the front table and you, too, might become part of 2016 presidential campaign lore.

Just ask Mary Margaret Bannister, who will be known from now on as Donald Trump’s hair lie-detector.

The Republican presidential front-runner started his Greenville speech Thursday with a bitter denial of an accusation in The New York Times that he wore a toupee. “It's my hair. I swear.”

Trump wanted an inspector. He made eye contact with Mary Margaret Bannister, seated at a front-row table with her husband, S.C. House Majority Leader Bruce Bannister, a Greenville Republican.

“My feeling at first was, ‘He’s not looking at me,’ ” the 42-year-old mother of four said. “But he said, ‘Come up, come up.’

“It was surreal. I said to myself, ‘Get yourself together and do this.’ ”

Once on the stage, Trump asked her not to muss up his mane.

Bannister reached out and brushed the famous head of strawberry-colored hair.

“It was an odd request,” she acknowledged.

Her assessment: She saw hair roots to his scalp. And Trump uses hairspray on top and gel on the side. (Trump’s hair is so long on the top it could fall into his face without some product, she added.) “I believe he colors his hair for sure,” Bannister said.

She stepped to the microphone with Trump’s encouragement to declare The Donald’s hair to be real. “Yes, I believe it is,” Bannister told the world.

Bannister was on the front page of the New York Post, and her name appeared in stories worldwide.

“I’ve never made the news in Perth, Australia,” said Bruce Bannister, who has spent a decade in the state Legislature.

However, Trump’s hair tester might not vote for him.

Like her husband, Mary Margaret Bannister said she has not picked a favorite for president. She said she “just wanted to learn more about Trump.”

Looks like she did – down to the roots.

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