AOC’s Aunt Says Don’t Blame Trump For Aid Debacle: ‘It’s a problem here in Puerto Rico, not with Washington’
“In this area people need a lot of help. Many people have needed it for the past four years and haven’t had anything.”
Yet she did not blame Trump as AOC did: “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.”
From The Daily Mail:
AOC had tweeted of her abuela – Spanish for grandmother: ‘She had a place to go and be cared for – what about the thousands of people who don’t?’
Clotilde’s house is in a quiet street about a quarter mile from the rolling waves of the Caribbean and a popular sandy beach enjoyed by locals and tourists.
AOC’s tweeted photos appear to show the second floor, with a drooping ceiling. Outside, a set of iron stairs leads up to what appears a separate entrance on the upper level. A small black car was parked under cover beside the home, which is fronted by a large metal fence.
It was not clear from our visit if the aunt lived at the house as well, on the lower floor from where she emerged.
However it does appear Clotilde is still living there.
When we asked the relative if we could speak to Clotilde about her circumstances, she went back into the house on the lower level. About 15 seconds later she emerged saying: ‘She’s not talking to anybody.’
From the tweets, it appears the grandmother’s ceiling has experienced water damage. Certainly the flat roof has a blue tarp covering some of it, still a common sight on houses in Puerto Rico that have not been fully repaired from Maria damage.
The reason why the home is still in that state if it was damaged by the hurricane remains unclear.
Conservative commentator Matt Walsh also got into it with AOC blaming Trump while complaining about a relative’s situation in Puerto Rico: “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 money for PR. People are being forced to flee ancestral homes, & developers are taking them."
Matt Walsh said: “Shameful that you live in luxury while allowing your own grandmother to suffer in these squalid conditions,” before reminding her she owned a very expensive Tesla.
AOC responded: “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.”
Matt’s set up a fundraiser: “As you’ve heard, @AOC ’s abuela is living in a dilapidated home that was ravaged by Hurricane Maria. AOC is unable to help her own grandma for whatever reason, so I have set up this Go Fund Me campaign to save her home. Please give if you can.
“I will kick things off by donating $499, which happens to be the cost of a monthly lease payment for a Tesla. I challenge @benshapiro @michaeljknowles and @JeremyDBoreing to match this donation. Together we can change the world.”
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