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It doesn’t take much effort to get a grasp of the value system that alleged comedian Kathy Griffin falls back on, just look to her latest attention-seeking ploy on Twitter.
The 60-year-old performer who once admitted that former President Donald Trump “broke” her, after she was photographed holding a severed bloody head made to look like, took to social media to support U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who tweeted that for the first time in a year, she recently visited her “abuela” in Puerto Rico.
Explaining that her grandmother had fallen ill, the self-avowed democratic socialist included several photographs of her home.
“This is her home. Hurricane María relief hasn’t arrived. Trump blocked relief $ for PR,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Just over a week ago, my abuela 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. pic.twitter.com/wnRxLalA2D
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 2, 2021
The tweet prompted Griffin to latch onto Ocasio-Cortez’s coattail to profusely praise the radical Democrat.
“Thank you for continuing to do a great job. You represent Americans better than we represent ourselves,” Griffin tweeted.
Thank you for continuing to do a great job. You represent Americans better than we represent ourselves. 🙏❤️🙏
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 2, 2021
Hurricane Maria was a deadly Cat 5 hurricane that hit the northeastern Caribbean in September 2017 — just over a year later, Ocasio-Cortez would be elected to Congress, suddenly earning $174,000 annually.
The lawmaker attributed COVID-19 as the reason her visit was the first in a year, but this implies that Ocasio-Cortez was there sometime in early 2020. Did the home look the same way then? We are led to believe so, which prompts the question why didn’t she protest then? Also, why didn’t AOC help her Abuela out at the time? She had the entirety of 2019 to do so, as well.
But instead, Ocasio-Cortez blames former President Donald Trump, claiming that his administration handed “millions in public $ to unqualified donor pals,” and moved to “impose extremely difficult eligibility rules for Puerto Ricans, which allowed mass rejections of recovery fund applications.”
Deep into a series of tweets she shared, she skirted the rampant corruption in Puerto Rico, naming “La Junta [and] local policies” for pushing families out — Congress had established an appointed Fiscal Control Board to oversee debt restructuring, which is referred to on the island as La Junta.
All of which drew praise from Griffin?
But there was also confusion in the way Griffin worded the tweet, as some saw it as not realizing that Ocasio-Cortez was an American.
In effect, Griffin ended up getting it from both sides, as seen below:
This is hilarious. AOC was born in NYC and is American https://t.co/b22KEr09TF
— Haydn Schneider (@HaydnSchneider) June 3, 2021
Is she not an American? This makes no sense. https://t.co/A318gRC5hP
— Mindy (@just_mindy) June 3, 2021
big time slapping myself in the forehead emoji https://t.co/3wiowyljKt
— Paolo (@paolo__init__) June 4, 2021
Is Kathy’s claim here that AOC is not American? Is it because she’s of the right skin color or because she’s from Puerto Rico? https://t.co/HO4d8PneBI
— Marty “Kamala is my copilot” MacMarty (@martymacmarty) June 3, 2021
Doesn’t represent me. I’d never let my grandmother live in squalor. https://t.co/bSrmn4nmif
— vile w*man (@natttgeo) June 3, 2021
Kathy, I used to love your shows. I stayed up for almost two days straight to get tickets for your last tour.
But not this time, girl. pic.twitter.com/R5HLRQGw6D
— QueenBibibi (@QWNBibibi) June 3, 2021
Nah, most Americans take care of their families. She’s not like us at all.
— nadia asencio (@newyorknadia13) June 4, 2021
You represent Americans better than we represent ourselves? Where exactly do you think Rep. AOC is from exactly? You my dear Kathy, embarras all of us Americans….
— Rafa El Alcalde (@ElalcaldeRafa) June 3, 2021
Absolutely ZERO people want to hear from you @kathygriffin
— 76 (@mikestevens1144) June 4, 2021
Thanks to her for not helping her grandmother? pic.twitter.com/SBfNorehBd
— CGNR (@697cgnr1981) June 4, 2021
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