When President Joe Biden was asked by a reporter about the fairness of his student debt relief order, his answer sent a telling message to viewers and was quickly critiqued by many on social media.
Biden was speaking about the $200 billion student debt program he ordered Wednesday, which would forgive up to $20,000 of some student loans. A reporter asked him to comment on the criticism that the policy was unfair to former college students who had worked hard and fully paid off their loans or those who didn’t take them out in the first place.
“Is this unfair to people who paid their student loans or chose not to take out loans?” asked Karen Travers of ABC News.
Biden snapped at the reporter, asking, “Is it fair to people who, in fact, do not own multi-billion-dollar businesses if they see one of these guys getting all the tax breaks? Is that fair? What do you think?”
“What about people who paid their loans, though, struggled to pay their loans, and now others don’t have to?” asked another reporter, but rather than answering, Biden simply walked out of the room.
Social media was quick to rip the president for the snappy response.
“What in the world is he talking about?” asked Tim Carney of the American Enterprise Institute.
“I have no idea what this means but they had months and months to come up with an answer to this obvious question and here is the result,” responded Scot Bertram of NRO.
“SO GIVE PEOPLE TAX BREAKS! CUT OUR TAXES! Let people keep more of THEIR money, don’t force them to subsidize other people’s debt. Did he think that thought all the way through?” tweeted the official Young Americans for Liberty.
“Confused Biden can’t tell the difference between American taxpayers keeping more of the money they earn, and the federal govt raiding the coffers to buy votes,” read another reply.
“This isn’t just comparing apples to oranges, it’s comparing apples to fish that’s been sitting on the counter for 3 days,” another said.
The left, however, largely supported the defiance by Biden.
“More of this version of Biden please,” responded Ana Kasparian of the Young Turks.
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