If US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother is suffering in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria in 2017, Puerto Rican politicians are to blame, not former President Trump.
This is the assessment of an aunt of a New York Democrat who was interviewed in Puerto Rico by Britain’s Daily Mail.
Ocasio-Cortez made headlines earlier this month after posting photos from the Puerto Rico home of her 81-year-old grandmother, or “Abuela,” Clotilde Rivera, claiming that nearly four years after the storm, the residence remained in disrepair . In part because “Trump blocked relief$ for PR.”
But when a Daily Mail reporter visited Rivera’s home this week, a woman there claiming to be the AOC’s aunt said the Congresswoman’s story was not accurate.
Chachi noted that the Category 5 storm caused extensive damage to the island – but insisted Trump was not to blame for residents struggling to get aid.
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“It’s a problem with the administration and distribution of aid in Puerto Rico,” Chachi told the Daily Mail. “It’s not a problem with Washington. We had aid and it didn’t reach the people.”
“It’s a problem with the administration and distribution of aid in Puerto Rico. It’s not a problem with Washington. We had aid and it didn’t reach the people.”
Following Ocasio-Cortez’s June 2 post on Twitter, conservative commentator Matt Walsh hit back at Congressmen, saying it’s “shameful that you live in luxury while allowing your grandma to suffer in these extreme circumstances.”
Walsh later raised more than $100,000 for Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother until the online campaign ended—but Congressional’s family refused to accept the aid.
In his June 2 Twitter thread, Ocasio-Cortez claimed that the Trump administration had “a major role” in preventing many Puerto Ricans from receiving hurricane relief funds. But she said much of the problem was “systematic” and blamed the island’s financial control board “La Junta” as well as local leaders.
She claimed that the end result has been “policies that exclude local families”.
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Ocasio-Cortez then called for an audit of how the relief money was being distributed – and assured her Twitter followers that Rivera was “doing fine” despite what photos of her home were suggesting.
“He had a place to go and take care of him,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote, then asked, “What about the thousands of people who don’t?”
Hurricane Maria damaged 90 percent of Puerto Rico’s 1.3 million homes and killed nearly 3,000, the Daily Mail reported.