As she often does, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took to the Twitter machine earlier today to rant, this time to talk about a recent trip to Puerto Rico and what she saw there. In the process, she promptly tripped over her own arguments rather spectacularly.
In her first tweet, the “Squad” leader known as “AOC” talked about how she visited PR last month after her grandmother became ill. The Congresswoman included pictures of her grandmother’s home, which appears to have roof damage among other things. Who’s fault was it for the conditions she was in 3 and 1/2 years after Hurricane Maria hit the island? Former President Trump, Ocasio-Cortez alleged:
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
Though she blamed Trump for the lion’s share of the problems they’ve faced, AOC also proclaimed there were other issues hampering Puerto Rico relief efforts, like the federally-established PR Financial Oversight and Management board also known in Latin-American circles as “la junta,” and “local policies, etc” who she says “were all on the same page: policies that pushed out local families.”
Except what Ocasio-Cortez didn’t count on were her tweets coming back to bite her in the you-know-where. Numerous people pointed out the fact that she owns a $35,000 Tesla, lives in two fancy apartments, and bought a purebred dog last year (which are usually not cheap). She also makes $174,000 a year, not to mention the undisclosed amounts she likely gets for speaking engagements. So why couldn’t she do more to help out her Abuela with the problems she was having with her house instead of waiting on the government to do it?
Conservative writer Matt Walsh was one of the more prominent voices calling her out, which led to a contentious exchange between the
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