AOC slammed for not helping grandma in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico home

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was hammered on Twitter Wednesday after she posted a lengthy thread highlighting the plight of her grandmother in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.

“Just over a week ago, my abuela fell ill,” Ocasio-Cortez started. “I went to Puerto Rico to see her- my 1st time in a 12 months+ bc of COVID.

“This is her home,” the congresswoman added, posting an image of a dwelling with a broken roof, little dresser, and no bedding. “Hurricane María relief hasn’t arrived. Trump blocked relief $ for PR. People are being forced to flee ancestral homes, & developers are taking them.”

Over the subsequent few tweets, the self-described democratic socialist took purpose on the former president and native politicians over the distribution of help following the devastating influence of Hurricane Maria in 2017.

A picture from the aftermath of the 2017 storm.
An image from the home, which was broken 4 years in the past.
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AOC took aim at former President Trump in her thread.
AOC took purpose at former President Trump in her thread.
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“And for the record – my abuela is doing okay. It’s not about us, but about what’s happening to Puerto Rican’s across the island,” she concluded. “She had a place to go to and be cared for – what about the thousands of people who don’t?”

Social media customers have been apoplectic that the lawmaker didn’t do extra for her aged relative.

“Shameful that you live in luxury while allowing your own grandmother to suffer in these squalid conditions,” tweeted Daily Wire host Matt Walsh.

“Honey, you drive a Tesla and have two apartments,” Florida GOP congressional candidate Lavern Spicer chimed in. “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. Sad!”

“Sell your Tesla!” added Twitter person @beyondreasdoubt. “You should be ashamed for letting her live like this. We have a responsibility to care for our elders!”

The Washington Free Beacon reported this month that Ocasio-Cortez owns a Tesla Model 3 Long Range, which retails for between $46,000 and $59,000. Multiple retailers have beforehand reported that the New York congresswoman rests her head in a tony DC apartment building the place rents vary from $2,000 for a studio residence to over $5,000 for a three-bedroom.

Other Twitter customers took subject with the political facet of AOC’s story.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., questions Postmaster General Louis DeJoy during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on slowdowns at the Postal Service ahead of the November elections on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC on August 24, 2020.
Twitter customers known as out Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for not helping her relative.
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“So you agree, the government is incompetent with getting relief $ to the people and would be better done through voluntarily contributions?” asked the Libertarian Party of Tennessee’s official account.

“I just spent a week in Puerto Rico: everywhere from San Juan to eastern coast and western coast,” one other person chimed in. “I never spoke to a single resident that thought anything was Trumps fault but instead LITERALLY EVERYONE said the Puerto Rican government sucks”.

“Cousins in San Juan say that the local government is taking the money and not doing anything,” another user agreed. “He described it as what Wyclef did with the Haiti relief money. Are you willing to investigate that?”

Ocasio-Cortez fired back at Walsh, saying: “You don’t even have a concept for the role that 1st-gen, first-born daughters play in their families. My abuela is okay. But instead of only caring for mine & letting others suffer, I’m calling attention to the systemic injustices you seem totally fine w/ in having a US colony.”

“You used your grandmother’s suffering to score political points. You’re the one who publicized this,” Walsh retorted. “So I am entitled now to ask why you haven’t bothered to fix your grandmother’s collapsing roof or buy her some new furniture? Why are you waiting for the government to do it?”

Puerto Rico’s restoration from Maria, which killed roughly 2,975, has been hampered by a sequence of earthquakes in 2019, adopted by the coronavirus pandemic.

In April, a authorities watchdog discovered that the Trump administration was accountable for stalling about $20 billion in federal funds to assist Puerto Rico get better from Maria and in addition obstructed a probe into the delay. During his presidency, Trump bickered with Puerto Rican officers, blasting them as corrupt and inept, and opposed spending federal {dollars} to rebuild infrastructure that was worn out by the storm.

Almost three 3,000 people were killed from the storm.
Almost three 3,000 Puerto Ricans have been killed from the storm.
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In September 2020, nonetheless, Trump authorized spending $13 billion to rebuild {an electrical} grid that was worn out by the storm. In his final weeks in workplace, Trump introduced a $3.7 billion grant to assist rebuild broken water and wastewater therapy crops, pumping stations and reservoirs.

With Post wires

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