White House’s Official Twitter Account Drags Republicans Over Loan Forgiveness Hypocrisy

Reps. MTG, Matt Gaetz, and others didn’t want the smoke.

A "Dark Brandon" meme shared on Twitter by White House staffer Rob Flaherty in August 2022.
A "Dark Brandon" meme shared on Twitter by White House staffer Rob Flaherty in August 2022.

Within the first 24 hours of President Joe Biden announcing that his administration would be forgiving student loan debt for millions of borrowers, Republicans of all stripes immediately got up in arms, characterizing the White House’s new actions as anything from a “handout,” to a “bribe,” to a “disgusting” giveaway.

Hours later, the White House’s official Twitter account responded to many of these high-profile Republicans’ complaints — and it brought receipts.

In a viral, multi-tweet thread, the White House highlighted how several GOP members of Congress personally benefited from forgiveness on COVID-era Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, only to turn around and blast forgiveness for the nearly 43 million borrowers who are set to receive some modicum of relief under Biden’s brand-new student debt plan.

Biden announced his administration’s latest attempts to address student debt in a national address Wednesday. The top-line parameters of his plan include up to $10,000 in federal student loan forgiveness for borrowers who earn $125,000 a year or less individually, or $250,000 as a family. Pell Grant recipients are also eligible for up to $20,000 in debt forgiveness.

The president also stated the current pause on federal student loan payments would be extended through Dec 31, 2022, but said this would be the last extension of its kind.

As the White House’s tweets calling out individual members of Congress were going viral Thursday night, several members of the media observed that the content of the Twitter thread itself was uncharacteristically blunt and voicy compared to the account’s usual correspondence.

That is likely not a coincidence, given news earlier this month that Megan Coyne, the former social media director for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), was joining the Biden admin’s digital staff. In her time with Murphy’s office, Coyne helped spearhead effortsto makethe @NJGov Twitter accountone of the most infamously outspokenand unapologetically opinionatedTwitter accountsin U.S. politics.