Once again, Matt Walsh and The Daily Wire show how well they can expose leftist hypocrisy and the falsity of “care” through the force of government.
It started on June 2, when Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted a statement and photos that, perhaps, were intended to wring political leverage out of the hearts of suckers.
The two photos showed a mostly empty room that appeared to have a few leaks in the ceiling, as well as a few buckets and a repair tarp on the floor. And her statement read:
Just over a week ago, my abuela (grandmother) 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.
Which, clearly, showed she really, really cares about the plight of her grandma and all the others suffering or losing their homes in Puerto Rico.
On the other hand, it also inspired some questions.
For example, if AOC is so concerned about people losing their homes, why didn’t she speak out about the mostly leftist governors and city bureaucrats who instituted business-killing lockdowns contrary to the U.S. Constitution? They put people on the brink of losing their homes, too.
Perhaps she’s just waiting for a bailout proposal to hurt even more people by taking their money to give to those who’ve already been hurt by government. She seems far less interested in following the rules she swore to uphold than she is in virtue-signaling and laying blame on the very government system she promotes and constantly wants to expand.
And, on the subject of virtue-signaling, given that Ocasio-Cortez is a congresswoman who has zipped ping-pong-like back and forth across numerous states to hang out at numerous protests and rallies in NY “during COVID,” what prevented her from visiting Puerto Rico, even to just see her “abuela” from more than six feet away? At public appearances in NY, she has broken that magic, mystical “social distancing” barrier, but even if she wanted to keep up the “distancing” charade, she could have taped two yard-sticks together and visited gran in PR.
Others online have noted that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has a lot of gall blaming others for her grandma’s poor living conditions, when the Congresswoman draws a six-figure paycheck off tax-slaves who don’t have her political clout, and would never have been allowed to go from the mainland to Puerto Rico to check on their own grandmothers unless they had been in her expensive congress-lady shoes.
Some folks remembered that Alexandria owns a $59,000 Tesla. They remember because, in mid-May, she got caught parking it in a restricted spot.
Others recall that she has a swanky apartment, because she’s shown it in videos like her infamous “what’s THIS” clip wherein she encountered that alien device called a sink garbage disposal unit.
Others remember with wonderful fondness the $14,000 outfit she donned for a 2020 Vanity Fair Cover shoot – clothes that were rented, but which a socialist like her might have trouble justifying as attire, given that she slams the very “ultra rich” “One-Percent” who can afford such threads.
And, of course, there were her $65.00 “tax the rich” sweatshirts– a capitalist method to… er… destroy capitalism. But, of course, her attempt to sell high-priced shirts only highlighted the important capitalist principle of productivity leading to surplus that can then be spent on new endeavors, even on luxuries like anti-capitalist sweatshirts.
The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh noticed AOC’s multiple vectors of hypocrisy, and decided to do something about it.
First, he tweeted to her:
Shameful that you live in luxury while allowing your own grandmother to suffer in these squalid conditions.
Then, on June 4, he started a fundraiser to "Save AOC's Abuela's Ancestral Home."
As you’ve heard, @AOC’s abuela is living in a dilapidated home that was ravaged by Hurricane Maria. AOC is unable to help her own grandma for whatever reason, so I have set up this Go Fund Me campaign to save her home. Please give if you can. #HelpAbuela
And the fundraiser garnered thousands of positive participants, all in less than twelve hours, all showing how private initiative can directly help people, and how government force isn’t charity in any way.
Then, it “was shut down.”
More than 5,800 people pledged to help Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother, raising just over $100,000 in 10 hours before the fundraiser was shut down. All this in response to the congresswoman suggesting that rather than taking direct action to help her grandmother, the most important role she played in the situation was to decry ‘systematic injustice.’
Yes. AOC was allowing her grandmother to suffer so that she could… make a point about “systematic injustice.”
That would be “the system” she wants to enlarge. The “system” that is supposed to operate according to her “U.S. Constitution” which doesn’t allow handouts of cash to any civilian in a state or a territory -- or a “colony” as AOC depicts Puerto Rico -- for repairs of anything. It doesn’t allow the feds to bring people water in “natural disasters” or to repair bridges after floods, or to fix a grandmother’s house.
That requires more government theft of tax cash from others, which is not charity, and it’s not moral.
Walsh’s idea WAS real charity, but AOC preferred government force, and more of it, and wanted to “make a point” by showing her abuela’s situation and not changing it, it seems.
Indeed, as Schow notes, AOC tweeted this snide remark to Walsh:
My abuela is okay. But instead of only caring for mine & letting others suffer, I’m calling attention to the systemic injustices you seem totally fine w/ in having a US colony.
Which completely overlooks the fact that AOC colonizes our bank accounts all the time, that Puerto Rico isn't a political colony according to her Constitution of the U.S., and that Walsh was trying to help, directly.
But AOC wasn’t alone in turning someone’s help into a perceived attack. On June 5, Walsh noticed that The Independent of the UK had decided to depict his effort not as charitable, but as an attack, Tweeting their headline that read:
Rightwing blogger launches gofundme for AOC’s grandmother in latest personal attack.
So, let’s get this straight. Asking for voluntary donations and offering to help someone is an attack, while forcing taxpayers in completely different parts of the continent to pay for a bureaucratic, state-run behemoth is…helpful?
And then, of course, there’s The Hill,which showed just about as much journalistic integrity as The Independent in its report on the story.
See, Lexi Lonas, of The Hill, opted not to tell readers WHO took the initiative to stop the fundraiser. Lexi used the passive voice, rather than the active, which is typical for those involved in politics or those involved in covering for political allies.
A GoFundMe launched by a conservative writer targeting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been halted after the crowdfunding campaign raised more than $100,000 for the New York Democrat's grandmother.
Yes. The evil “targeting” fundraiser “has been halted.”
UPDATE: ‘someone in AOC’s abuela’s family told GoFundMe that she won’t take the money, even though AOC previously claimed that her grandma was in dire straits (and it was Trump’s fault). @AOC still hasn’t acknowledged this effort or thanked us. Here’s the email from GoFundMe:
And Walsh provided a screenshot from the email in which GoFundMe explains that when a recipient declines to accept funds, GoFundMe ends the campaign and refunds donations.
So, the great “Abuela” saga ends… kind of. The government waste and idiocy remains. And, thanks to Walsh, we’ve been given not only a great example of just how much some leftists “care” on a personal level, but of how some so-called “reporters” will shade stories to fit their preferred emotional spin.
Meanwhile, people suffer, and bureaucracy and tax-theft are depicted as “help.”