ALEXANDRIA Ocasio-Cortez was slammed on Twitter after sharing photos of her grandmother’s Hurricane Maria-ravaged home in Puerto Rico.
AOC was slammed for sharing photos of her abuela’s hurricane-ravaged homeCredit: EPA
The congresswomen shared the photos to TwitterCredit: Twitter/AOC
Users were quick to point out that the Congresswoman could have helped her abuela outCredit: Twitter/AOC
In a Twitter thread posted on Wednesday, AOC posted photos of her grandmother’s home, which showed her ceiling appeared to be falling down in several places.
“Just over a week ago, my abuela fell ill. I went to Puerto Rico to see her – my 1st time in a year+ bc of COVID,” she wrote.
“This is her home. Hurricane Maria relief hasn’t arrived. Trump blocked relief $ for PR. People are being forced to flee ancestral homes & developers are taking them.”
Users were quick to question why AOC, whose salary as a New York congresswoman is $174,000, wouldn’t throw her grandma a few bucks to make the repairs.
Conservative columnist Matt Walsh was one of the first to attack AOC.
Conservative columnist Matt Walsh asked why AOC is ‘waiting for the government’Credit: Twitter/Matt Walsh
Lavern Spicer said AOC should ‘redistribute that wealth’Credit: Twitter/Lavern Spicer
“Shameful that you live in luxury while allowing your own grandmother to suffer in these squalid conditions,” he commented.
Republican candidate for Florida’s 24th congressional district Lavern Spicer piled on as well.
“Honey, you drive a Tesla and have two apartments,” she wrote. “If your grandmother is living poor that’s because you don’t help her out.
“I’m surprised that a socialist wouldn’t redistribute that wealth to their grandma.”
AOC has an apartment in her home district of New York City, as well as a place in Washington, DC.
After posting the photos of her grandmother’s home, AOC went on to explain why she believes Trump is to blame in a Twitter thread.
AOC went on to clarify why she was blaming Trump in a Twitter threadCredit: EPA
Trump was widely criticized for how he handled the crisis in Puerto RicoCredit: Getty Images – Getty
“In the aftermath of María, the Trump admin oversaw two key items: handing millions in public $ to unqualified donor pals (ex Whitefish).
“The other was to impose extremely difficult eligibility rules for Puerto Ricans, which allowed mass rejections of recovery fund applications.
“I want to be clear – while Trump admin had a major role, it wasn’t just them. La Junta, local policies, etc were all on the same page: policies that pushed out local families.
“To turn this around, we need audits & get recovery relief to people ASAP, without the onerous strings.”
The congresswoman also clarified that her abuela “is doing okay.”
“It’s not about us, but what’s happening to Puerto Ricans across the island,” she added.
“She had a place to go to be cared for – what about the thousands of people who don’t?”
Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico in September 2017, leaving millions of dollars of damage in its wake.
The hurricane destroyed the island’s power grid and left millions without electricity and access to water or cell phone service.
The estimated death toll from the hurricane and the months afterwards is nearly 3,000.
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