The White House is getting messy on main.
The official Twitter account has called out commentators who criticised its student loan forgiveness plan — by sharing exactly how much of their own debt the government forgave. It ain’t pennies, either.
Earlier this week, President Biden announced that the U.S. government would partially forgive some students’ debts, finally making some students’ dreams partially come true. Under the new student loan forgiveness plan, the government will cancel up to $20,000 of people’s federal student loans, provided they meet certain criteria.
Predictably, this caused certain others to loudly object to the perceived injustice of it all — few as loudly as the conservative members of Congress. This was particularly ironic considering that many of these critics’ own Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans had previously been forgiven by the government as well. As such, Twitter was quick to dunk on their hypocrisy.
Now the White House itself has gotten in on it, quote tweeting objections from members of Congress with the amount of debt they themselves had forgiven.
“Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene had $183,504 in PPP loans forgiven,” the White House tweeted, responding to a clip of Taylor Greene calling debt forgiveness “completely unfair.”
Others targeted in the simple, savage thread include Congressman Vern Buchanan (over $2.3 million), Congressman Markwayne Mullin (over $1.4 million), Congressman Kevin Hern (over $1 million), Congressman Mike Kelly ($987,237), and Congressman Matt Gaetz ($482,321).
For those of us less mathematically inclined, all of these numbers are significantly higher than $20,000.
Of course, Twitter has thoroughly enjoyed the White House dragging conservatives, sitting back to enjoy the show with a metaphorical bucket of popcorn and less metaphorical grin.
To be clear, all of this is public information. The White House isn’t breaching anyone’s privacy by tweeting out these representatives’ PPP debt forgiveness numbers. Even so, the subjects of its posts would probably prefer it if their hypocrisy wasn’t laid out quite so clearly.