America is currently a divided nation . Hostility is high, with politics, race, and gender on everybody's minds. There are protests. 'Nazis' are getting punched in the face .
The tumultuous nature of President Trump's ascendancy to office makes this story an even greater one, therefore.
With all this talk of walls and ignorance, the good moments – which still do, evidently, take place – seem more profound and poignant than ever.
Jason White is a Trump supporter from West Texas. He's a dentist, and visited New York to celebrate the inauguration.
He wore a red ' Make America Great Again ' cap and smiled as a Republican president swore an oath
in front of (a disputed number of) US citizens.
While in New York, White bundled into a cafe called Busboys and Poets . It's known for its relaxed, 'liberal' vibe. The restaurant fights for social justice.
Still, Harris was happy that day. She was feeling good after attending the Women's March and greeted White and his two fellow Texans with a beaming smile.
The group chatted, talked about their homes and lives, and the mood was upbeat – far from trepidatious. White complimented Harris' smile.
When the three men left, White left Harris a $450 tip on the $72.60 bill – a 625 per cent markup.
It overwhelmed Harris, 25, who admitted in a later interview that she had "prejudged" the three Texans.
“We may come from different cultures and may disagree on certain issues, but if everyone would share their smile and kindness like your beautiful smile, our country will come together as one people.
Not race. Not gender. Just American. God Bless!”
White, 37, said the $450 tip was indeed a nod to Trump, but added that he hoped it stood up as a symbolic gesture in the hope that American moves forward together, as one nation.
He said that he concedes Trump has said things he doesn't agree with – but has been a supporter from the start, and stands by his overarching beliefs.
“We have to think about being better Americans, we have to look into ourselves and how we treat one another,” White said.
If everyone did a little something to show respect…we can love one another.
"As I sat there I thought about the entire weekend and I thought I don’t know her, she doesn’t know me, but if most Americans have a preconceived perception about people then we’re never going to get better".
Harris, meanwhile, said the generosity couldn't have come at a better time, as she's not in financial certainty at the moment and is due to soon move house.
But she said the gesture meant more than money: “This definitely reshaped my perspective. Republican, Democrat, liberal are all subcategories to what we are experiencing. It instills a lot of hope.”