Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was slammed on Twitter Wednesday for not helping her grandmother and instead posting images of her dilapidated home in Puerto Rico and blaming Trump for not sending aid after Hurricane Maria.
Critics were quick to jump on the post questioning why the progressive congresswoman, who makes $174,000 and drives a Tesla, isn’t sending money to help her grandmother.
‘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,’ Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.
‘This is her home,’ she continued, posting two pictures of mostly-empty rooms where the ceiling is falling in and plastic buckets on the ground are collecting water. Also in the images are one chair, one dresser and a tarp on the ground.
‘Hurricane María relief hasn’t arrived. Trump blocked relief $ for PR. People are being forced to flee ancestral homes, & developers are taking them,’ the New York congresswoman wrote.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was slammed on Twitter Wednesday for posting images of her grandma’s falling-down house in Puerto Rico instead of giving her money to help
One image shows a room with just a chair and several plastic buckets to catch water coming rom the ceiling, which is falling down in several spots
Another image of AOC’s grandmother’s home shows a room where there is a dresser and more ceiling panels falling down
Conservative columnist Matt Walsh excoriated AOC for choosing to spend money on a new Tesla instead of sending part of her $174,000 salary to her grandma in Puerto Rico
A Florida congressional candidate also called out Ocasio-Cortez for her Tesla and two apartments
AOC clarified ‘for the record’ that her grandma ‘is doing okay’, after she started receiving backlash for not sending help
Conservative columnist Matt Walsh jumped on the post: ‘AOC went and bought herself a Tesla while her grandmother lives in a shack with a collapsing ceiling.’
‘It never fails with these champagne socialists,’ he continued. ‘They expect everyone else to make sacrifices while making none themselves.’
‘AOC is willing to redistribute everyone’s money but her own,’ Parkland school shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv agreed in his own post.
GOP candidate for Florida’s 24th congressional district Lavern Spicer boiled the situation down to one word – ‘sad.’
‘Honey, you drive a Tesla and have two apartments,’ she tweeted on Wednesday. ‘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 in New York City and a luxury apartment in Washington, D.C. where one bedroom units – at least those where the bedroom actually has a window – starts at $2,500 per month.
Stock photo of an image of the living rooms in the apartment units where Ocasio-Cortez rents in Washington D.C.
The one-bedroom units in luxury apartment building start at $2,500 per month if residents want to have a window to outside from their bedroom
Ocasio-Cortez’s Tesla was pictured illegally parked at the Whole Foods near her apartment in Washington D.C. last month
AOC blamed Trump for Puerto Rico not recovering from the Hurricane
Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York’s 14th congressional district and is a self-described Democratic socialist, continued to blame Trump in her Twitter thread.
‘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,’ she wrote.
‘I want to be clear – while Trump admin had a major role, it wasn’t just them,’ she said. ‘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.’
She did clarify ‘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 had a place to go to and be cared for – what about the thousands of people who don’t?’
One Twitter user demanded that she ‘sell your Tesla!’ so she can send money to her grandma
Another blamed AOC for waiting on bailouts from Washington to help rather than stepping up to the plate
A Twitter user wrote to AOC: ‘Sell your Tesla! You should be ashamed for letting her live like this. We have a responsibility to care for our elders!?’
Another said: ‘Are you seriously admitting to the whole internet that you let your grandma sleep on a bare wood platform while you drive around in a tesla? how could you not wire a couple thousand bucks to your own grandma?’
Ocasio-Cortez’s white Tesla was spotted illegally parked last month outside the Whole Foods under her apartment building in an upscale neighborhood of Washington, D.C. less than a mile from Capitol Hill.
Former Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who was in office when Hurricane Maria hit, sympathized with AOC.
‘This is how it is,’ she wrote. ‘The investors and those who believe in privatizing essential services are taking advantage of the tragedy of Puerto Rico and our people.’
Cruz was in office from 2013-2020 and was highly critical of Trump when he was president.
Former Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz agreed with AOC that more aid is needed from the U.S. to help recover from the hurricane that hit during Trump’s presidency