In a tweet that backfired big time, Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday tweeted about her grandmother’s “squalid living conditions in Puerto Rico” and blamed Trump for it all.
“Just over a week ago, my [grandmother] fell ill,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “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.”
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
After receiving a major backlash, AOC added that her grandmother was “doing okay,” pointing out that her tweet really was about the overall living conditions in the country and not just her grandmother.
To the left, the tweet really isn’t about AOC’s grandmother. It was about pointing out what they see as systemic problems plaguing the people of PR as a result of conservative policies. However, her tweet was a perfect setup for social media users to point out the obvious which was AOC (a comparatively wealthy, young, and powerful politician) hadn’t helped her grandmother on a personal and/or financial level.
The tweets are priceless.
Shameful that you live in luxury while allowing your own grandmother to suffer in these squalid conditions
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 2, 2021
You couldn’t swing a mortgage payment or two?
— Internet Dad Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 2, 2021
Honey, you drive a Tesla and have two apartments. If your grandmother is living poor that’s because you don’t help her out. I’m surprised that a socialist wouldn’t redistribute that wealth to their grandma. Sad!
— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) June 2, 2021
FYI. There’s some affordable 2 bedrooms in DC. If my grandma was in this situation, I’d ditch my 1 bedroom apartment and move into a place where I could move my grandma in with me. All these are below $1700 a month. No need to thank me. pic.twitter.com/gTK6NGjhVa
— “NOT” a Dr. Smittie™ GE.D (@smittie61984) June 3, 2021