Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was criticized on Twitter on Wednesday for not helping her grandmother, instead posting photos of her dilapidated Puerto Rico home and blaming Trump for not sending aid after Hurricane Maria.
Critics were quick to respond to the post, wondering why the progressive congresswoman, who earns $174,000 and drives a Tesla, isn’t sending money to help her grandmother.
“Just over a week ago my Abuela became ill. I went to Puerto Rico to see her – my first time in a year + BC. of COVID,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.
“This is her house,” she continued, posting two photos of mostly empty rooms with the ceiling falling in and plastic buckets collecting water on the floor. Also in the images are a chair, a dresser and a tarp on the floor.
“Hurricane María’s help hasn’t arrived yet. Trump Blocked Aid $ for PR. People are being forced to flee their ancestral homes, and developers are taking them with them,” the New York congressman wrote.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was criticized on Twitter on Wednesday for posting images of her grandmother’s collapsing house in Puerto Rico instead of giving her money to help
An image shows a room with just a chair and several plastic buckets to catch water coming from the ceiling, falling down in different places
Another image of AOC’s grandmother’s house shows a room with a dresser and more ceiling panels falling down
Conservative columnist Matt Walsh slammed AOC for choosing to spend money on a new Tesla rather than send a portion of her $174,000 salary to her grandmother 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 well’, after receiving backlash for not sending help
Conservative columnist Matt Walsh jumped on the post: “AOC went to buy herself a Tesla while her grandmother lives in a cabin with a collapsing ceiling.”
“It never fails with these champagne socialists,” he continued. “They expect everyone to make sacrifices, while making nothing out of it themselves.”
“AOC is willing to redistribute everyone’s money except its own,” Kyle Kashuv, the Parkland shooting survivor, agreed in his own post.
GOP candidate for Florida’s 24th congressional district, Lavern Spicer, condensed the situation into one word – “sad.”
“Honey, you drive a Tesla and have two apartments,” she tweeted on Wednesday. “If your grandmother is poor, it’s because you’re not helping her. I’m surprised a socialist wouldn’t redistribute that wealth to their grandmother.’
AOC has an apartment in its home district in New York City and a luxury apartment in Washington, DC, where one-bedroom units — at least those where the bedroom actually has a window — start at $2,500 per month.
Stock photo of an image of the living rooms in the apartments where Ocasio-Cortez rents in Washington DC Washington
The one-bedroom apartments in luxury condominiums start at $2,500 per month if residents want a window to the outside from their bedroom
Ocasio-Cortez’s Tesla was illegally parked at Whole Foods near her Washington DC apartment last month
AOC blamed Trump for not recovering from the hurricane
Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York’s 14th congressional district and is a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist, continued to blame Trump in her Twitter thread.
In the wake of María, the Trump admin oversaw two key items: handing over millions in public dollars to unqualified donor friends (ex Whitefish). The other was the imposition of extremely difficult eligibility rules for Puerto Ricans, which resulted in massive rejection of recovery fund applications,” she wrote.
“I want to be clear — while the Trump admin played an important role, it wasn’t just them,” she said. “La Junta, local policies, etc. were all on the same page: policies that evicted local families. To turn this around, we need audits and get people recovery help as quickly as possible, without the heavy obligations.’
She clarified ‘for the record – my Abuela is fine’.
“It’s not about us, it’s about what happens to Puerto Ricans all over the island. She had a place to go and be cared for—what about the thousands of people who don’t?’
A Twitter user demanded that they ‘sell your Tesla!’ so she can send money to her grandma
Another accused AOC of waiting for bailouts from Washington to help rather than act
A Twitter user wrote to AOC: ‘Sell your Tesla! You should be ashamed of letting her live like this. We have a responsibility to take care of our elderly!?’
Another said: ‘Are you seriously admitting to the internet that you let your grandmother sleep on a bare wooden platform while you drive around in a Tesla? how could you not transfer a few thousand dollars to your own grandmother?’
Ocasio-Cortez’s white Tesla was illegally parked outside the Whole Foods last month under her apartment building in an upscale Washington, DC neighborhood, less than a mile from Capitol Hill.
Former Mayor of Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulin Cruz, who was in office when Hurricane Maria struck, sympathized with AOC.
“This is how it is,” she wrote. “The investors and those who believe in privatizing essential services are benefiting from 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 agrees with AOC that more US help is needed to recover from the hurricane that struck during Trump’s presidency