The internet can be a toxic place, and few people know that more than Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
As the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, Ocasio-Cortez is more adept than many of her colleagues on social media outlets like Instagram and Twitter. However, the Congresswoman—known colloquially as AOC—evokes strong distaste among many on the right.
These trolls often show up on her replies, but on Wednesday night, there was a cheerleader in her mentions—one she recognized.
The Congresswoman was confirming reports that her address at the upcoming Democratic National Convention would be limited to one minute.
Someone left her an encouraging message.
Ocasio-Cortez's response was overflowing with nostalgia and gratitude.
Ms. Jacobs was equally elated.
Before long, the exchange between AOC and her second grade teacher became more viral than the original tweet.
Some were reminded of their own inspirational teachers.
Ocasio-Cortez's response came as teachers across the nation prepare to adapt to a new educational landscape in the wake of the pandemic that's killed over 160 thousand Americans. Some are expected to return to school teaching in-person classes, despite clear risks.
Jacobs' Twitter feed frequently discusses this.
You can catch Ocasio-Cortez's speech next Tuesday night.