June 7, 2021

 AOC's Family Rejects $104K in Conservative Donations   

  • The Hill

By: Konrad Holden   

In Brief:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) -- commonly referred to as AOC -- recently complained on Twitter that the Trump administration was responsible for blocking federal relief funds that would have helped her grandmother after Hurricane María in 2017. Conservatives came to the rescue and raised $104,000 to help repair AOC’s grandmother’s home—but the family has decided to reject the donations.

The Background:

Back in 2017, Hurricane María struck Puerto Rico, leaving widespread destruction and home damage across the island. Included in the damage was AOC’s grandmother’s home. 

The Representative from New York recently took to Twitter to complain that relief funds hadn’t made it to the U.S. colony. 

“Hurricane María relief hasn’t arrived. Trump blocked relief $ for PR. People are being forced to flee ancestral homes, & developers are taking them,” the tweet said. 

Conservative commentator Matt Walsh started a GoFundMe fundraiser to make sure AOC’s grandmother’s home gets fixed.

Within 12 hours, the fundraiser had collected over $100,000, including donations from Walsh, Ben Shapiro, Candace Owens, and Dave Rubin. 

But on Saturday, a GoFundMe spokesperson announced that all the donations would be returned because Ocasio-Cortez’s family has rejected the donations. 

Walsh initially responded to the rejection by saying, “I’m grateful for the outpouring of support for AOC’s abuela, even if AOC isn’t. But questions do remain: Why didn’t AOC help her own abuela for nearly four years? Why did she turn down our help? Does AOC only want government help?”

GoFundMe removed the fundraiser from their site over the weekend. 

Notable Quotes:

“Someone in AOC’s abuela’s family told GoFundMe that she won’t take the money, even though AOC previously claimed that her grandma was in dire straits (and it was Trump’s fault).” - Matt Walsh

"One cannot be certain of the cost to repair grandma’s house, but surely most of the work could be completed for the price of AOC’s shiny Tesla Model 3. Sadly, virtue-signaling isn’t going to fix Abuela's roof. So we are.” - Matt Walsh

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