Ted Cruz says forgiving student debt could help Democrats if ‘slacker baristas’ can ‘get off the bong’ long enough to vote
White House forgiveness of some student loans could help Democrats if “slack baristas” can “get off the hook” long enough to vote, Ted Cruz said.
The Republican senator from Texas complained that Joe Biden’s student loan announcement “could increase turnout among young voters in the state.” Verdict with Ted Cruz programme.
The Biden administration announced earlier this week that it would forgive up to $10,000 of federal student loan debt for Americans earning less than $125,000 a year.
For Pell Grant recipients earning less than $125,000 a year, it will write off up to $20,000.
The move has come under fire from some Republicans, who claim it shifts the burden onto other taxpayers who never attended college.
“If you’re that lazy barista who wasted 7 years in college learning absolutely useless stuff and now has a loan and can’t find a job, Joe Biden just gave you 20 grants like a holy cow, 20 Grant,” Mr Cruz said on the YouTube show.
“Maybe you’re not going to vote in November, but all of a sudden you have 20 big votes, and if you could get out of the car for a minute, go to the polling place, or just send the Democrats’ helpful mail-in ballots to you, it might Increase voter turnout, especially among young people.”
Mr. Biden and the White House mocked Republicans who criticized the plan, especially lawmakers such as Marjorie Taylor Greene.
The Georgia congresswoman has come under fire from the president’s team for criticizing his plan to forgive some student loans.
The White House mocked Ms Green, which she called “completely unfair” because she herself forgave a large Paycheck Protection Program loan during the pandemic.