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Share your thoughts: What happened after a young Trump voter in Michigan transformed into a vegan AOC fan

Lucy Wisson hugged her son Giani DiTrapani in their Port Huron home. Giani, a junior at Michigan State University, shared his mom’s conservative beliefs until he began college in the fall of 2017.
Lucy Wisson hugged her son Giani DiTrapani in their Port Huron home. Giani, a junior at Michigan State University, shared his mom’s conservative beliefs until he began college in the fall of 2017. Erin Clark for The Boston Globe

In this small waterfront city where Giani DiTrapani grew up, going to church and voting Republican felt like a package deal he didn’t even have to think about, like the fries and a coke that come with a hamburger.

“Most of the people in my hometown are conservative,” Giani, now 21, said. “If you’re conservative, you’re Christian, and if you’re Christian, you’re conservative.”

His evangelical faith and conservative values were another way he bonded with his mom, Lucy Wisson, a fitness instructor who doted over her middle child and imagined he might go into politics one day.

But one jarring experience shortly after Trump’s election set off a chain of events that changed Giani’s political world forever, leaving Lucy reeling as her son transformed from a conservative activist into a vegan Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fan in a little under a year.

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