GoFundMe for AOC’s ‘abuela’ shutdown after she said she would refuse the money
Creator of the fundraiser, Matt Walsh, speaks out after the Congresswoman rejected his offer to help on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’
Conservative commentator Matt Walsh appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to speak about his “philanthropy” after he led a campaign that raised over $100,000 for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-N.Y., grandmother, which was ultimately rejected by her family according to GoFundMe.
“She’s a wealthy, single woman who has two apartments and a Tesla she just recently bought apparently,” Walsh said about the Democratic congresswoman on Monday. “She for whatever reason refused to help her own grandmother. We said, ‘Alright, you know what? We’ll get together and we’ll raise the money. We raised $100,000 in ten hours, okay? We probably could’ve raised a million dollars if they’d let the fundraiser continue, but someone, ‘someone’ … in abuela’s family shut down the fundraiser about ten hours into it and said that she didn’t want the money.”
Walsh insisted the refusal of the money “raises a lot of questions” like if Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother “really wasn’t in dire straits,” or if the Democratic squad member “prefer for her grandmother to live in that state suffering rather than take money from us.”
“I think either way it’s sort of scandalous on AOC’s part,” Walsh told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.
The “Matt Walsh Show” host pushed back at the lawmaker’s stance that she was focusing on the “systemic problems” within the government, insisting his GoFundMe campaign was proof that “you don’t have to wait around for the system to solve any problem.”
“This is a problem we could’ve solved not just for abuela but they could’ve taken the money, fix the ceiling, bought her some furniture she clearly needs, and then could’ve taken the rest of the money and helped the neighbors, they could’ve helped the whole community, but they didn’t want to do that,” Walsh said.
The Daily Wire personality also mentioned “I put my hat in the ring” for a Nobel Peace Prize, arguing it should be given to him since it “doesn’t mean anything anyway.”
A spokesperson for GoFundMe confirmed to Fox News on Saturday that the “beneficiary” did not want to accept the money and that “all donors will be fully refunded.”
At the time, Walsh reacted to her tweets saying, “Shameful that you live in luxury while allowing your own grandmother to suffer in these squalid conditions.”
The Democrat fired back, “You don’t even have a concept for the role that 1st-gen, first-born daughters play in their families. 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.”
On Friday, Walsh launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to “Save AOC’s Abuela’s Ancestral Home.”
“One cannot be certain of the cost to repair grandma’s house, but surely most of the work could be completed for the price of AOC’s shiny Tesla Model 3,” Walsh wrote in the campaign description. “Sadly, virtue-signaling isn’t going to fix abuela’s roof. So we are.
Walsh continued, “Let’s all kick in to help save AOC’s abuela’s ancestral home. Any amount is appreciated, but the cost of a monthly lease payment on that Tesla is around $499… All proceeds will be donated to abuela, if she will accept them.”
The Daily Wire personality promoted the fundraiser on Twitter, revealing he kicked off the fundraising with a $499 donation, which he stressed is the cost of a Tesla monthly lease payment.
The #HelpAbuela campaign had attracted big-name donors including Ben Shapiro, Candace Owens, and Dave Rubin. The effort raised $104,153.
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