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'I can tell that you are genuine and fighting for us': AOC shares a heartwarming story about an unlikely fan who left a 'Trump supporters for Ocasio-Cortez' sign outside her office (8 Pics)

Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was shocked to find a note from a man who said he supports both her and President Donald Trump outside of her office on Capitol Hill.  
The Democrat from New York shared a photo of the note to Twitter on Friday evening, writing: '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 hanging a small sign they made outside my office (we let people leave well wishes on our wall). Astonishingly, his sign read: "Trump supporters for Ocasio-Cortez."' 
Ocasio-Cortez approached the man and introduced herself, at which point they shook hands and he said he wanted to show his support.  
The freshman rep said she struggled to find a response, writing in the Twitter thread: 'I wanted to honor his positivity, yet respectfully find a way to ask, "How?"
'I somehow got it out: "With all respect sir, how do you... manage to support both of us at the same time?"'
'This is what he said: "I've been saying for years that climate change is our most important crisis. You’re one of the only ones who's been willing to be decisive on it,"' Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
'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 thanked him and his family from the bottom of my heart.'

After summarizing the interaction, Ocasio-Cortez stated: 'All of this is to say don’t let any politician, no matter the party, lecture you about what is "possible" or "electable." Don't ever let a politician imply that working people are "less-than" or "uneducated" - aka that they are the ones in the way of solving the climate crisis.
She continued: 'The forces getting in the way of solving our climate crisis are politicians themselves + lobbyists. It is the willingness to bend to corporate power - the same ones that use coal miners' plights for a tax break, yet refuse to pay for those same miners' healthcare for black lung. 
'If you don't understand this man's sign - or don't approach it with a desire to - then you do not understand this political moment. The same folks who said Trump was impossible in 2016 are the same ones lecturing on what’s "electable" in 2020. Don't buy it. Vote your values.'

Within hours the thread had received more than 5,000 retweets and 39,000 likes. 
Several people replied to the thread expressing their doubts that the interaction was real given the two politicians' starkly-opposed stances on almost every issue. 
However, many others said they weren't surprised given that both Trump and Ocasio-Cortez are anti-establishment. 
'The common ground here is the unwillingness to accept business as usual,' one user wrote. 'One can only hope that in time that can become a foundation that becomes consensus.' 
Ocasio-Cortez' Twitter thread is seen in-full below. 







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