A GOFUNDME page set up for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Puerto Rican abuela by conservative Matt Walsh has ended after she refused the cash.
Earlier this week the democratic socialist representative revealed that her abuela was living in a dilapidated home, which had been affected by Hurricane María.
In response, Daily Wire podcast host Matt Walsh launched a GoFundMe account as a wisecrack venture to raise money to save her home.
“Just over a week ago, my abuela fell ill,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Wednesday.
“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.”
Walsh responded to AOC’s original tweets, questioning why the representative, who reportedly earns more than $170,000 annually and owns a $35,000 Tesla, had not stepped in to help her grandmother financially before he moved to set up the GoFundMe page.
A description on the fundraiser read: “On June 2nd, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reported to Twitter that her dear abuela has fallen ill and continues to live in squalid conditions since her home was ravaged by Hurricane María.”
“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.”
The page went on to say “virtue-signaling” wasn’t going to fix the house, so Walsh was stepping in himself.
“Let’s all kick in to help save AOC’s abuela’s ancestral home. Any amount is appreciated, but the cost of a monthly lease payment on that Tesla is around $499…”
Walsh posted about the fundraiser on Twitter, while challenging Daily Wire co-founders Ben Shapiro and Jeremy Boreing and podcast host Micheal Knowles to match his donation to the campaign.
The Daily Wire crew quickly jumped on board the joke, accepting the challenge and tagging other conservatives too as well.
Responding to a Tweet from Walsh that said it was “shameful” to live in luxury while allowing her grandmother to suffer, AOC hit back, tweeting: “You don’t even have a concept for the role that 1st-gen, first-born daughters play in their families”.
“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.”
Others stood up for the representative, with one responding to Walsh’s tweet saying: “Matt doesn't seem to understand that your grandmother isn't the only resident of PR and that it's up to our government to provide aid to help millions of citizens on that island”.
The Daily Wire and other conservatives raised more than $104,153 for AOC’s grandmother before GoFundMe disabled donations.
Today, Walsh tweeted an update, announcing that “someone” in AOC’s abuela’s family told GoFundMe that she wouldn’t take the money.
”@AOC still hasn’t acknowledged this effort or thanked us,” he said.
Walsh’s tweet again prompted mixed responses to his tongue-in-cheek move.
“I think you missed the actual point of AOC’s post. Which wasn’t about her grandmother but actually about the relief money for Puerto Rico,” one person commented.
“So maybe instead of donating all this money to AOC’s grandmother you give it to the people of Puerto Rico,” one user tweeted.
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