Biden White House pulls a "this you" tweet on Marjorie Taylor Greene's past PPP loan

Conservative complaints about student loan relief are being met with reminders of prior PPP loan forgiveness

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published August 25, 2022 6:46PM (EDT)

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Republicans who have spent the past 24 hours freaking out over President Joe Biden's announcement of a limited college debt jubilee for some Americans are now being met with receipts of their own hypocrisy. The official White House Twitter account is calling out specific Republican congressmen who saw Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans during the height of the COVID pandemic completely forgiven. 

On Wednesday, the president outlined an executive action that forgives up to $20,000 in student loan debt to people who make under $125,000 a year, and other reforms meant to lower the debt burden for millions of people. The announcement was immediately met with criticism from Republicans who complained the move would have a negative inflationary impact and claimed it was unfair to other taxpayers. 

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, the ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, took to Twitter to complain.

As did the Republican minority on his committee, which set-off a series of mocking reactions that utilized the "this you" meme.

PPP loans were given out during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, with the intent of preventing businesses from shedding employees or going under, and were explicitly designed to be forgiven. 

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The White House then joined the fray on Thursday, calling out specific Republicans like Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz.

Greene, the White House noted, had over $180,000 in PPP loans forgiven for her family's construction business. Still, the far-right congresswoman went to right-wing media to complain about the $10,000 standard forgiveness for undergraduate students. 

"For for our government just to say, you know, 'okay, well your debt is completely forgiven.' Obviously they have an agenda for that they need votes in November," Greene told Newsmax. "So the timing is a pure coincidence there as well, but it's completely unfair and taxpayers all over the country, taxpayers that never took out a student loan, taxpayers that pay their bills and and you know, maybe even never went to college or just hard-working people. They shouldn't have to pay off the great big student loan debt for some college student that piled up massive debt going to some Ivy League school. That's not fair."

Earlier this month, President Biden signed a pair of bills that gives the Justice Department more time to investigate and prosecute people accused of fraudulently collecting PPP loans.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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