WALSH: I Raised $100k To Fix AOC’s Abuela’s Home. The Money Was Rejected. Here’s What That Tells Us.

WALSH: I Raised $100k To Fix AOC’s Abuela’s Home. The Money Was Rejected. Here’s What That Tells Us.


I would normally say it is unseemly to brag about one’s charitable endeavors, but there are important lessons to be learned in this case, so I will make an exception.

As you may have heard, last Friday I launched a fundraising campaign for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s dear abuela. I was moved to take this generous step after AOC took to Twitter to post photos of her grandmother’s dilapidated home in Puerto Rico. She suggested that her abuela had been living in this ungodly squalor, with a collapsing ceiling and buckets all over the floor to catch the rain water, ever since Hurricane Maria hit the island four years ago. AOC also suggested that the horrid condition of abuela’s casa is Trump’s fault.  

I responded to helpfully remind the congresswoman that she is a wealthy and famous politician with a Tesla and two luxury apartments. Couldn’t she spare a few thousand dollars to patch abuela’s ceiling? She quickly retorted — “clapped back,”

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