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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez set off a media firestorm after posting photos of the squalor in which her Puerto Rican grandmother lives and blaming it on former President Donald Trump.
Conservatives, who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help Ocasio Cortez’s grandmother, Clotilde Rivera, responded by pointing out the immaculate luxury in which Ocasio-Cortez lives while doing nothing for Rivera.
But now Ocasio Cortez’s own family appears to be calling her out as a liar for blaming Trump.
“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 tweeted June 2, posting a photo of a Rivera’s collapsing, leaking ceiling.
“This is her home. Hurricane María relief hasn’t arrived. Trump blocked relief $ for PR,” Ocasio Cortez added.
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.
This is her home. Hurricane María relief hasn’t arrived. Trump blocked relief $ for PR.
People are being forced to flee ancestral homes, & developers are taking them. pic.twitter.com/wnRxLalA2D
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 2, 2021
In additional Twitter posts offering up a rambling conspiracy theory, Ocasio-Cortez claimed Trump and Wall Street blocked federal aid to help victims of the 2017 storm.
The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh responded by pointing out Ocasio-Cortez’s luxury D.C. apartment, expensive Tesla car and $174,000 annual salary with full benefits, and how she apparently made no effort to help her own grandmother for two years until the elderly woman’s misfortune could be exploited to blame Trump.
Walsh and other conservatives then raised $104,000 to help Rivera repair her home.
Ocasio-Cortez blocked the funds and continued to blame Trump.
But now it appears her own family is calling her a liar, saying local government incompetence, not Trump, is to blame.
The U.K.’s Daily Mail tracked down Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother’s home and knocked on her door and Ocasio Cortez’s aunt answered the door.
The grandmother did not want to speak but the aunt, who did not want to give her name, shot down Ocasio-Cortez’s claims Trump was to blame.
“In this area people need a lot of help. Many people have needed it for the past four years and haven’t had anything,” she said. But she refused to blame Trump, instead pointing out the Trump-approved aid is being held up by local politicians.
“It’s a problem here in Puerto Rico with the administration and the distribution of help. It is not a problem with Washington. We had the assistance and it didn’t get to the people,” the aunt said.
Ocasio-Cortez has not responded.