The U.K. Daily mail visited “abuela” Clotilde Rivera‘s home this week and was able to speak with a woman at the residence who claimed to be the New York Democrat’s aunt.
Assertions that Mr. Trump’s administration denied Hurricane Maria relief — and is therefore responsible for an unrepaired home — were challenged by the Puerto Rican relative.
“I am her aunt,” she told the website, while declining to share her full name. “We don’t speak for the community. … 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.”
“Just over a week ago, my abuela fell ill,” the Democrat 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.”
A subsequent GoFundMe campaign started by conservative writer Matt Walsh of The Daily Wire, which raised over $100,000, was rejected by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s relatives.
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.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 2, 2021
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
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