President Joe Biden spoke to a Philadelphia audience Thursday about his plan to forgive approximately $400 billion of student loan debt. Amid the cheers for free federal funds, audience members booed the president when he mentioned his predecessor.
“You may remember that I had a big fight with the former president, and maybe future president,” began Biden before being greeted with a chorus of boos.
Biden, who was raised in the Catholic faith, hurriedly made the sign of the cross while saying, “Bless me, Father,” according to a Mediaite report.
He was describing his efforts to cancel a huge chunk of student loan debt, noting his proposal has been challenged by conservatives. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering a case asking the Biden policy be ruled unconstitutional.
The president compared his student loan bailout to the COVID-19 pandemic’s Paycheck Protection Program, administered by the U.S. Treasury.
Part of the CARES legislation used to address the economic impact of pandemic lockdowns, the PPP program provided funds to employers in an effort to help them stay in business and continue paying employees.
Biden reminded the many union workers in attendance of his opposition to PPP and how he argued with Donald Trump about it while running against him in the 2020 general election.
Then, the president made his slip-of-the-tongue remark that admitted former President Trump may become president again.
The PPP program forgave “a lot more” than his proposed student loan program, argued Biden. The president further noted that 90 percent of his proposed college debt relief would help families with incomes less than $75,000 per year.
Knowing what his audience wanted to hear, Biden claimed Trump fired all the PPP inspectors.
“Now we’re finding out there was billions of dollars stolen, so my Justice Department is now going after them,” claimed the president.
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