Ted Cruz says the White House could help Democrats forgive some student loans if “slack baristas” can “step off the bong” long enough to vote.
The US senator, a Republican from Texas, complained that the announcement of a student loan from Joe Biden had “raised the turnout” among young voters in the United States. Verdict with Ted Cruz show.
The Biden administration announced earlier this week that it is canceling up to $10,000 in federal student loans for those Americans earning less than $125,000 a year.
And it will write off up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients who earn less than $125,000 a year.
The move has come under fire from some Republicans, who have argued it shifts the burden on other taxpayers, who have never attended college.
“If you’re that wimpy barista who wasted seven years in college studying totally useless stuff and now has loans and can’t get a job, Joe Biden just gave you 20 grand, like holy cow, 20 grand,” said Mr Cruz on the website YouTube show.
“Maybe you wouldn’t vote in November, but suddenly you have 20 grand and if you can just step off the bong and go to the polling station, or just mail in your ballot paper that the Democrats helpfully sent, it can boost turnout, especially among young people.”
Biden and the White House have mocked Republicans for criticizing the plan, especially lawmakers such as Marjorie Taylor Greene.
The Georgia congresswoman has been called by the president’s team for her criticism of his plan to cancel some student loans.
The White House scoffed at Ms. Greene, calling it “totally unfair” for having forgiven a large loan from the Paycheck Protection Program during the pandemic.