Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a favorite target of many of President Donald Trump's supporters. They frequently decry her as idiotic, lambast her Green New Deal proposal, and eagerly await the chance to pounce on a perceived infraction.
But there are exceptions to every rule—and two of them left a sign outside her office before speaking with her briefly.
The Congresswoman detailed the interaction in a recent Twitter thread.
About an hour ago, I was walking out of my office for the day. There was a man what I believe was his teenage son… https://t.co/6nRJMc6MTb— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1557529247.0
I was pretty astonished. We shook hands, he introduced himself, and told me he wanted to show his support. I coul… https://t.co/8fYKvlglV5— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1557529365.0
It's easy to imagine her bafflement. She and Donald Trump are diametric ideological opposites in an increasingly divided country.
I somehow got it out: “With all respect sir, how do you... manage to support both of us at the same time?” This is… https://t.co/KuMV7apF1V— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1557529582.0
Then he said, “I like you. I can tell that you are genuine and fighting for us. You’re real and you get it.” I tha… https://t.co/bLlf9SpNhs— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1557529692.0
More and more Americans are acknowledging the reality of the climate crisis, but lawmakers have repeatedly failed to pass adequate legislation to curtail it.
All of this is to say don’t let any politician, no matter the party, lecture you about what is “possible” or “elect… https://t.co/oCNrdiZjNR— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1557530090.0
The forces getting in the way of solving our climate crisis are politicians themselves + lobbyists. It is the willi… https://t.co/jOo13jmiaK— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1557530353.0
If you don’t understand this man’s sign - or don’t approach it with a desire to - then you do not understand this p… https://t.co/Q0PS6t2WOJ— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1557530632.0
Many of the Congresswoman's Twitter followers began commending her.
@AOC This... gives me hope. ♥️— Uffdalisa (@Uffdalisa) 1557962305.0
@AOC I only agree with half of anybody, I’m an AOC/ Trump backer and not sure why. I don’t need a reason for anyt… https://t.co/m60E9aMZgC— diaperjim (@diaperjim) 1557607017.0
@AOC I love your grace, lady.— On His Rocker #resist #bluewave2020 (@On His Rocker #resist #bluewave2020) 1557603457.0
Others were skeptical and followed the typical pattern of mocking her, but that clearly hasn't lessened her conviction yet.