AOC’s Grandma Won’t Accept the Money Raised To Repair Home

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On Saturday, conservative commentator Matt Walsh revealed that the family of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother would not accept funds he raised to repair the home.

This comes after the New York congresswoman posted on Twitter the poor living conditions of their grandma. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently posted a string of pictures on Twitter about the living conditions of her grandmother. The Democratic-socialist then blamed the former Trump administration for allegedly “blocking” aid supposed to be sent to Puerto Rico.

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However, after posting the images on Twitter, the New York congresswoman received criticism from social media users. People began accusing AOC of failing to help her grandmother. Some also accused the Democratic representative of not “redistributing” her wealth.

AOC’s family will NOT be accepting the funds

Meanwhile, Matt Walsh, a conservative columnist, shared an email on Twitter from the GoFundMe Team. In the email, Walsh was informed by the team that AOC’s family made it clear that they will not accept the funds raised. 

GoFundMe told Walsm that when the beneficiary does not want to accept the funds raised on their behalf, the standard practice is to turn off donations and refund donors. 

On Saturday, Walsh tweeted that a person in AOC’s family told GoFundMe that they wouldn’t take the money. This comes despite the congresswoman’s claim that her grandma was in dire condition and that it was “Trump’s fault.”

Walsh launched a “#HelpAbuela” in GoFundMe that raised over $100,000 in less than 12 hours. However, on Friday night, Walsh disabled new donations as the “beneficiary” does not accept the money raised. 

Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not respond to a request for comment. 

Ocasio-Cortez blamed Trump for her Abuela’s faith

On Tuesday, the Democratic “Squad” member posted on Twitter images of her grandmother’s house in Puerto Rico, which was struck by Hurricane Maria. 

In the image, buckets on the floor can be seen as it catches leaking water from the ceiling. In the Twitter post, the New York congresswoman also blamed Trump for allegedly blocking relief.

At that time, Matt Walsh reacted to AOC’s tweet. Walsh said it is a shame that the New York congresswoman lives in luxury while her grandmother is suffering in this type of condition. 

Ocasio-Cortez fired back, saying that Walsh does not have a concept of the role that the first generation, firstborn daughters play in their families. AOC also added that her grandmother is okay. However, Ocasio-Cortez defended that she is calling for “systemic injustices.”

After Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, Walsh launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds and save “AOC’s Abuela’s Ancestral Home.”

In the campaign description, Walsh wrote that although it’s uncertain how much the cost for the repair would be, he is sure most of the work could be done for the price of Ocasio-Cortez’s “shiny Tesla Model 3.”

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