AOC Accuses Lauren Boebert of Mocking Sick Grandmother in Spat Over Government Benefits

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused fellow lawmaker Lauren Boebert of mocking her ill grandmother on Twitter Sunday, following a dispute between the congresswomen over government benefit programs.

The argument began on Saturday evening when Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive New York Democrat, shared a video of Boebert, a Colorado Republican, speaking that day at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas.

In the video, Boebert criticizes government benefit programs, stating: "We're here to tell government, we don't want your benefits, we don't want your welfare. Don't come knocking on my door with your 'Fauci ouchie,' – you leave us the hell alone."

In response, Ocasio-Cortez sarcastically tweeted: "Tell 'em loud and proud girl! GOP will strip your unemployment protections and dismantle any semblance of a public safety net we have left! Then make working people pay way more for everything on low wages while Wall St gets a meal ticket! Good ol conservative values baby!"

Tell ‘em loud and proud girl! GOP will strip your unemployment protections and dismantle any semblance of a public safety net we have left! Then make working people pay way more for everything on low wages while Wall St gets a meal ticket!

Good ol conservative values baby! 🤑 https://t.co/inym5QkuBC

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 11, 2021

Following that tweet, Boebert hit back at Ocasio-Cortez by stating that "nobody is taking safety nets away." The Colorado Republican then sarcastically asked Ocasio-Cortez how "government reliance" was working for her "abuela," which means grandmother in Spanish.

The comment appeared to refer to an earlier tweet from Ocasio-Cortez this month, in which she shared that her grandmother in Puerto Rico has yet to receive government assistance for her home following destruction from Hurricane Maria in 2017.

In that tweet, the New York Democrat said her grandmother had fallen ill, and blamed a lack of financial support for hurricane relief on former President Donald Trump. At the time, the tweet prompted backlash from conservatives, including Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who accused Ocasio-Cortez of failing to take care of her grandmother herself.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) accused Rep. Lauren Boebert of mocking her ill grandmother on Sunday following a dispute over government benefit programs. Here, AOC speaks during a rally at Howard University on May 13, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images

On Sunday, Boebert appeared to add fuel to that fire by tweeting at Ocasio-Cortez: "Growing up in a Democrat household, I stood in line for bread and government cheese. I want more for your grandma, just as I did for me. Don't limit the American dream."

Ocasio-Cortez then quickly fired back at Boebert, accusing the Republican lawmaker of "mocking" her ill family member.

"Thank you for proving to the world that today's version of 'conservative role model' is a person who mocks other people's ill grandparents on the internet. I can promise you I will treat your family better than you do mine. And I'll fight for your constituents more, too," she wrote.

Thank you for proving to the world that today’s version of “conservative role model” is a person who mocks other people’s ill grandparents on the internet.

I can promise you I will treat your family better than you do mine. And I’ll fight for your constituents more, too. 👋🏽 https://t.co/Mm9IXQTTnq

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 11, 2021

Boebert and Ocasio-Cortez have frequently sparred over political issues on Twitter.

Boebert, a loyal Trump supporter currently serving in her first term, said in 2020 that she was "absolutely running" in order to "step up for conservative values and take on AOC," according to the New York Post.

The two lawmakers have also squabbled over the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

While Boebert has accused Ocasio-Cortez of dramatizing the events of the deadly attack, the New York Democrat said the Republican lawmaker downplayed the riot. Ocasio-Cortez has also suggested that several Republicans aided in the violence that day by pushing the false narrative that the 2020 election was stolen due to voter fraud.

Boebert was one of several Trump supporters to speak at CPAC on Saturday. In addition to criticizing government benefit programs, the Republican lawmaker accused the Biden administration of operating under "tyrannical rule" via coronavirus lockdowns and vaccine initiatives.