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‘Trump supporters for Ocasio-Cortez’: AOC tells the bizarre story of her most surprising fans

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Political allies can come in surprising forms.

That’s the lesson Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) shared Friday night when she told a story on Twitter about an earlier encounter with two of her supporters.

She was walking out of her office, she said, when she encountered a man who she believed was with his teenage son. They left a sign of their support on her wall, as her supporters often do. But the message came as a shock.

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“Trump supporters for Ocasio-Cortez,” it said:

She said she was “astonished.”

“We shook hands, he introduced himself, and told me he wanted to show his support,” she wrote.

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Then, she explained, she asked the obvious question: “With all respect sir, how do you… manage to support both of us at the same time?”

“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,” he said, according to her tweets. “I like you. I can tell that you are genuine and fighting for us. You’re real and you get it.”

Her tweet thread concluded: “I thanked him and his family from the bottom of my heart.”

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To be honest, my first reaction to the thread was cynicism. Rather than genuine support, this seemed like the sign of a person who is a fan of personality-driven politics and, for whatever reason, he found both Trump and Ocasio-Cortez appealing.

But the point about climate change makes a difference in the story. It’s entirely coherent to support many of the things the Republican Party and Trump stand for while also believing climate change is a pressing issue. All things considered, then, you might feel compelled to support Trump for president — despite disagreeing with him on climate change — but also supporting Ocasio-Cortez and her allies while they fight for real action on issue.

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Three judges suspended for drunken 3 AM fight at White Castle — that ended with two shot

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Three judges were suspended after engaging in a drunken shooting outside a White Castle.

"Three Indiana judges involved in a Downtown Indianapolis fight in May that ended with two of the judges shot have been suspended without pay after the Indiana Supreme Court determined they committed judicial misconduct," the Indianapolis Star reports. "In an opinion issued Tuesday, the court said judges Bradley Jacobs, Andrew Adams and Sabrina Bell 'engaged in judicial misconduct by appearing in public in an intoxicated state and behaving in an injudicious manner and by becoming involved in a verbal altercation.'"

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Greta Thunberg says ‘people must finally wake up’ to the fact Trump is ‘so extreme’ on climate change

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Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg said Tuesday that US President Donald Trump's climate change denialism was "so extreme" that it had helped galvanize the movement to halt long term planetary warming.

She spoke in an interview with AFP on the eve of her departure from North America where she has spent almost three months.

"He's so extreme and he says so extreme things, so I think people wake up by that in a way," the 16-year-old said from on board a sailboat preparing to depart from the East Coast town of Hampton, Virginia for Europe early Wednesday.

"I thought when he got elected, now people will finally, now people must finally wake up," she continued.

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