Nothing can bring people from different sides of the aisle together like a sibling’s love.
City councilwoman Bridgette Hoskie calls herself "100% Democrat," but she moved heaven and earth to grant a wish for her dying brother involving President Donald Trump.
Her brother, Jay Barrett, has a terminal case of cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition affecting the lungs and other organs.
Before he passed away, the West Haven, Connecticut man made a bucket list with one very tricky entry: making contact with the president in some way.
Barrett originally hoped to meet Trump in person, and even planned a trip to Washington, but curbed his expectations after doctors gave him just months to live.
Hoskie took to social media looking for anyone who could possibly help to put her in touch with the president. As news of her search spread, it was reported by local news, and an online petition was started to bring Barrett to Trump’s attention.
Finally, the hard work paid off on Tuesday as Barrett received a phone call from Trump out of the blue.
Hoskie passed the phone to her brother as a voice on the other end of the line asked, "I’m the secretary for the president of the United States. Do you have time to talk to him?"
"Alright Jay," the president told him, "you look handsome to me. I just saw a picture of you."
"Oh, you’re giving me kind honors," Barrett replied. "I look like s---." That drew a laugh from the president.
Warning: there's some profanity in this video.
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"How are you doing? How is it going Jay? You’re a champ. You’re fighting it right?" Trump continued.
"That’s what the Irish do, right?"
"Yeah that’s what the Irish do," Trump said, "you better believe it."
Barrett took the opportunity to express his support for the president, and told him he still wanted to make it to one of Trump’s rallies before it was to late. He also insisted he would make it to Washington sometime before his "expiration date."
Trump promised his fan that at his next rally nearby he would be "sitting front, row center."
"You’re my kind of man, Jay," he told him. "I’m very proud of you. I’ll talk to you again, Jay, okay? You keep that fight going. We both fight."
The president wasn’t the only one to offer support to Barrett. He also received calls from the president’s son Eric, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regional chief Lynne Patton, on Monday.
Patton, the one who reached out to the Trump family about Barrett’s dying wish, also has a signed gift from the president that she’ll pass to Barrett this weekend.
Barrett’s doctors have given him about six more months to live, but he’s determined to be alive in 2020 and cast one more ballot for Trump.
[H/T: Fox News]