Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said a Trump supporter left a sign outside of her office Friday that expressed support for both her and President Trump, a concept Ocasio-Cortez said left her feeling “pretty astonished.”
Ocasio-Cortez detailed the experience on Twitter, explaining that when she left work for the day, she discovered a man and another person she presumed to be his teenage son putting up a handmade sign outside her office.
The sign read: “Trump supporters for Ocasio-Cortez.”
About an hour ago, I was walking out of my office for the day.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) 10 May 2019
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.” pic.twitter.com/IjVKbvetEI
Ocasio-Cortez and the man exchanged introductions and the man told her that “he wanted to show his support,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez said she was left struggling on how to ask him for an explanation.
“I somehow got it out: ‘With all respect sir, how do you… manage to support both of us at the same time?’” Ocasio-Cortez said she asked. “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.’”
“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,” she continued.
She went on to encourage her followers to vote in line with their personal “values.”
“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,” she tweeted. “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.”
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