If you only watch mainstream media you might have missed the best political smackdown in recent history. It was a thing of beauty for those of us that have questioned congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s authenticity for some time. She claims to have suffered PTSD from the “insurrection,” but after this she must be spending over time on the psychiatrist couch.
Last week AOC sent out a tweet talking about her Abuela (Grandmother) in Puerto Rico. It showed a dilapidated house with a partially destroyed roof and buckets on the floor to catch the rain water. Like thousands of Puerto Ricans, her grandmother’s home was partially destroyed by the hurricane that ravaged the island three years ago. Of course, she blamed Trump for her grandmother’s condition.
On June 2nd AOC posted she had visited her grandmother in Puerto Rico after she fell ill and that relief money for her grandmother's home had not yet arrived, blaming the administration of former President Donald Trump for blocking the aid. "People are being forced to flee ancestral homes and developers are taking them," she tweeted.
Daily Wire’s Conservative talk show host Matt Walsh replied to her tweet saying, “Shameful that you live in luxury while allowing your own grandmother to suffer in these squalid conditions.” Walsh and others on social media were quick to point out AOC earns around $174,000 a year as a member of Congress, has recently purchased a pricy Tesla for around $70,000, and should be the one to help her grandmother out financially.
But that’s not the best part. Mr. Walsh then started a GoFundMe page for AOC’s grandmother. Walsh tweeted “As you’ve heard, [AOC]’s abuela is living in a dilapidated home that was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, AOC is unable to help her own grandma for whatever reason, so I have set up this GoFundMe campaign to save her home. Please give if you can #HelpAbuela.”
Walsh said he would donate $499 – the monthly lease payment for a Tesla – to start the fundraiser, and challenged others to donate as well. Over $100,000 dollars was donated in ten hours!
Unfortunately, in an email sent to Walsh last Friday night, GoFundMe said they were “in touch with the beneficiary’s family and they made clear they will not be accepting the funds raised. When a beneficiary doesn’t want to accept the funds that have been raised on their behalf, it is standard practice to turn off donations, then refund all donors.”
AOC replied to Walsh with “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.” Fairly weak we can all agree.
Then the final wrecking ball was delivered by Walsh: “Tragically this charitable effort has been sabotaged by forces outside of our control. Still I’m grateful for the outpouring of support for abuela, even if AOC isn’t. But questions remain: Why didn’t AOC help her own abuela? Why was our help turned down? We are left to speculate,” Walsh added. “In the end, our campaign raised 100 thousand dollars and could have solved a problem in ten hours that AOC couldn’t solve in four years. We can all be proud of that. As for abuela, all we can do now is pray.”
Point, game, match.
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