- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared images on social media last week showing her grandmother’s severely damaged house in Puerto Rico
- She blamed the damage on former President Donald Trump for blocking aid to the island ravaged by Hurricane Maria
- Conservative Matt Walsh raised more than $104,000 to help repair the home, but the congresswoman refused it
- DailyMail.com tracked down the 81-year-old’s home to a quiet community just outside the coastal city of Arecibo on Puerto Rico’s north coast
- Blue tarps are seen atop her grandmother’s home, which appears to still sustain damage since the passing of Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma
- A woman who identified herself as AOC’s aunt told us, ‘We are private people, we don’t talk about our family. We don’t speak for the community’
- Her aunt said: ‘In this area people need a lot of help. Many people have needed it for the past four years and haven’t had anything’
Her aunt said: ‘In this area people need a lot of help. Many people have needed it for the past four years and haven’t had anything.’
Yet she did not pin that on Trump, adding: ‘It’s a problem here in Puerto Rico with the administration and the distribution of help. It is not a problem with Washington. We had the assistance and it didn’t get to the people.’
AOC had tweeted of her abuela – Spanish for grandmother: ‘She had a place to go and be cared for – what about the thousands of people who don’t?’
Clotilde’s house is in a quiet street about a quarter mile from the rolling waves of the Caribbean and a popular sandy beach enjoyed by locals and tourists.
AOC’s tweeted photos appear to show the second floor, with a drooping ceiling. Outside, a set of iron stairs leads up to what appears a separate entrance on the upper level. A small black car was parked under cover beside the home, which is fronted by a large metal fence.
It was not clear from our visit if the aunt lived at the house as well, on the lower floor from where she emerged.
However it does appear Clotilde is still living there.
When we asked the relative if we could speak to Clotilde about her circumstances, she went back into the house on the lower level. About 15 seconds later she emerged saying: ‘She’s not talking to anybody.’