Neoconservative media organization The Daily Wire is receiving heavy criticism from conservatives on social media for orchestrating a GoFundMe publicity stunt that aims to raise tens of thousands of dollars for socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother.
While AOC has drawn heavy criticism for complaining about her grandmother’s living conditions while enjoying a luxurious lifestyle in D.C., the Daily Wire’s fundraiser has been castigated for extreme tone-deafness at a time when conservatives are enduring record levels of financial persecution.
“Just over a week ago, my abuela fell ill,” Ocasio-Cortez originally wrote on Twitter. “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.”
Although Cortez admitted later on in the thread that “for the record – my abuela is doing okay,” and “She had a place to go to and be cared for,” the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh quickly organized a page for AOC’s “abuela” on GoFundMe that was heavily promoted by other Daily Wire personnel.
We've raised nearly 10 thousand dollars in less than an hour. Over 400 compassionate donors have contributed. I am so inspired by this outpouring of support! https://t.co/3evghuyW2I
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 4, 2021
So great to see people stepping up to save @AOC’s abuela’s ancestral home since the wealthy congresswoman can’t be bothered to help. $499 from me!
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) June 4, 2021
— Jeremy Boreing (@JeremyDBoreing) June 4, 2021
Save AOC's Abuela's Ancestral Home https://t.co/Q6vVOV4taZ Hey, if I can spare five dollars, you can spare at least 700!
— Andrew Klavan (@andrewklavan) June 4, 2021
GoFundMe, which is recognized by most conservatives as an extremely left-wing Big Tech platform, quickly put the AOC abuela fundraiser on its front page. The fundraiser has received a highly critical response from America First advocates on Twitter.
National File is being sued by a U.S. Senator. He's hired Perkins-Coie, the firm trying to stop the Arizona Audit, and the firm hired by Hillary for bathroom email server.
If you're considering giving money to AOC's grandma, please consider us first. https://t.co/0w5Z9HbzNn
— Tom Pappert is also infrastructure (@realTomPappert) June 4, 2021
This is so weak https://t.co/gijAhFBZo5
— Darren J. Beattie 🌐 (@DarrenJBeattie) June 4, 2021
Conservatives are literally fundraising for AOC’s abuela as a publicity stunt before they lift a finger to help the Capitol defendants who face decades in prison for trespassing.
— Nicholas J. Fuentes (@NickJFuentes) June 4, 2021
This is the most pathetic conservative "activism" of all time. If you donate to this, you are CATTLE https://t.co/3raGbZ9ro2
— Scott Greer 6’2” IQ 187 (@ScottMGreer) June 4, 2021
— Gavin Mario Wax 🇺🇸 (@GavinWax) June 4, 2021
AOC reacting to her political opponents paying for her grandma’s home repairs so she can get another Tesla. pic.twitter.com/4ExWnTnewm
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) June 4, 2021
Hundreds of Trump supporters are currently being held in federal prison on charges relating to the 1/6 election integrity protest, with countless others having been doxxed by media outlets and deplatformed from Big Tech websites.
Update: Ocasio-Cortez officially declined Walsh’s funds collected in the GoFundMe, prompting more ridicule from America First conservatives.
This amounts to an unintentional Sokal affair of [email protected] conservative grift
Shame on the grifters for sure, but ultimately have to have some contempt for the cattle who insist on being grifted https://t.co/6c41OU3SvI
— Darren J. Beattie 🌐 (@DarrenJBeattie) June 5, 2021