Democrat U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) bumped into each other at the airport, unexpectantly meeting for the first time since their close 2018 midterms Texas Senate race.
Texas A&M student in the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Tiffany Easter, shared the run-in between the two on Tuesday at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
For the first time since the re-election, O’Rourke noticed Cruz at the Texas airport waiting for the same flight to Washington D.C., so O’Rourke went over to congratulate Cruz.
In “awe,” Easter shared photos and details of the meeting that was a “HIGH quality encounter.”
O’Rourke and Cruz’s encounter led to a discussion on “how they could move forward TOGETHER.”
“The Texas Senate race was one of the most contested and most watched in the nation. Today we literally watched them come together. This is America,” Easter wrote.
Easter’s post has gone viral with the encounter “showing us the best of America today,” — adding that it showed “conversion, courage, humility, and inspiration.”
“Post-election doesn’t mean the conversation and civic engagement stops — in fact, it means the opposite.”
@BetoORourke & @tedcruz, thank you for showing us the best of America today @ IAH. Thanks for the conversion, courage, humility, and inspiration. Post-election doesn’t mean the conversation and civic engagement stops—in fact, it means the opposite. Thanks for your public service! pic.twitter.com/uVepvKQrW8
The Texas A&M student told The Hill that the fact that the posts have gone viral “it confirms that America is craving encounters like this. A simple handshake and conversation can go a long way.”
“America needs good stories like this to show we’re only divided if we choose to be and I hope people take this example, as simple as it is, and pass it forward,” Easter said.
Easter appeared on CNN to share how the encounter went down.
“We, as Americans, just we as humans in general, are enticed by drama but we’re empowered by positivity,” Easter said on CNN.
Watch the video below:
Bitter rivals. Political enemies. Reunited… at the airport. @TAMU student Tiffany Easter captures the photo of a lifetime when she realizes BOTH @BetoORourke and @tedcruz were on her flight: pic.twitter.com/9HY46u362V
— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) November 15, 2018
“When we choose to believe that this interaction was genuine, and from all accounts, everybody watching, it was,” Easter said, adding that the positivity shown in the three-minute conversation between O’Rourke and Cruz is what the American people are craving.