"Raising awareness" has become a blanket millennial platitude to hide behind, and one high-profile practitioner is Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Last week, the progressive firebrand went viral on Twitter for posting an image of her abuela's home in Puerto Rico, which had been damaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017.
AOC brought up an often-repeated Democratic talking point in the tweet chain: the Trump administration's supposed blocking of relief funds for the territory. Reactions flooded the thread, condemning Donald Trump and Republicans for being complicit in the decay in Puerto Rico. The problem? Trump’s administration ultimately provided close to $20 billion in hurricane relief by the end of its term. According to reporting from NPR, from 2017 to late 2019, Puerto Rico reportedly received only $11 million of the initial $1.5 billion expedited to the territory. An additional $8 billion was made available in January 2020, despite the waste and corruption in the region making waves in the media at the time. Facts show that the Puerto Rican government wasn't remotely close to fully utilizing the funds already provided. Yet, Ocasio-Cortez remains livid that the Trump administration didn't immediately deliver the total amount of pledged taxpayer.
Today, media headlines continue to lambaste the former president for setting up "bureaucratic red tape" in the disbursement of federal aid, an ironic statement considering the Democratic ...