The White House didn't hold back in responding to Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) after he expressed objections regarding President Joe Biden's efforts to provide relief for student loan debt, despite having over $1 million in government loans forgiven himself.
On Thursday, Kelly took to X, formerly Twitter, to voice his disapproval of Biden's decision to cancel $9 billion in student loan debt for 125,000 borrowers.
After sharing an Associated Press report about Biden's move, he said:
"No student loan is forgiven. The debt is just transferred onto the backs of the American taxpayers."
You can see his post below.
Kelly's post garnered the attention of the White House X account, which promptly responded with a biting remark, playing off the popular "girl math" and "boy math" memes:
"Congressional Republican math is complaining about student debt relief while having $987,237 of your own PPP loans forgiven."
You can see the post below.
People joined the White House in criticizing Kelly and praised the Biden administration's response.
The White House X account has previously masterfully trolled Republicans who last year came out against Biden's plan to forgive some student loan debt by pointing out they had significantly more forgiven under a government program designed to help struggling businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Biden student debt plan—struck down by the Supreme Court—had been hailed for helping borrowers with lower credit scores and opening up the opportunity for millions of people to catch up on rent and utility bills as well as save money that would have otherwise gone to their student loans.
But Republicans such as Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene said the plan was nothing more than an attempt to curry favor with liberal voters ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Her statements caught the attention of the White House, which quickly pointed out Greene had $183,504 in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans—which are backed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and were designed to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 pandemic—forgiven by the government.