GoFundMe for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother raises over $104K

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (L) (D-NY) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) listen to testimony from acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan while he testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on July 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. The hearing is on "The Trump Administration's Child Separation Policy." (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Matt Walsh from the conservative news outlet Daily Wire, recently put together a fundraiser in efforts to help save the home of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) grandmother in Puerto Rico after photos surfaced of her living conditions. Walsh took aim at Ocasio-Cortez on Friday for virtue signaling in a tweet about her grandmother’s home. On Thursday, the progressive lawmaker took to Twitter to blame President Donald Trump for her grandmother’s home falling into disrepair following Hurricane Maria.

On his talk show, Walsh questioned why Ocasio-Cortez was not reaching into her own pockets to help. Critics also pointed out how she drives a luxury car and has two apartments, but somehow can’t offer any assistance to her own family. Yet, when she responded she said she was not just focusing on her grandmother, but the “systemic injustices”.

Walsh turned to a popular crowdfunding site to raise money for Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother. The GoFundMe dubbed “Save AOC’s Abuela’s Ancestral Home”, had a goal of raising nearly $49,000. Walsh kicked off the donations with a contribution of $499 himself, with other names in conservative news like Ben Shapiro joining in.

However, though the fund raised over $100,000 to restore the home, Walsh said an unknown person in the family has refused the money. He said the site will be offering a refund to all those who donated, but said tragically, the charitable efforts were sabotaged by forces outside of his control.

Walsh extended his gratitude to those who donated, saying they should be proud of their efforts and went on to suggest prayers for Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother.

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