Leftists Brand Biden a 'Racist' for Refusing to Wipe Up to $50k Student Debt
Democrat slammed as 'extremely classist and racist'
Leftists have turned on Joe Biden over his refusal to forgive up to $50,000 in student debt, branding the Democrat a "racist" for the descion.
Socialists and others on the left excoriated Biden over his admission that he lacks the power to wipe the debts, despite his earlier promises.
Biden voiced his unpopular stance Tuesday evening during a town hall on CNN.
During the event, a young woman asked him when he would forgive more than the $10,000 he had previously suggested.
"I will not make that happen," Biden responded.
"It depends on the idea that, I say to a community, I'm going to forgive the debt of billions of dollars ... for people who have gone to Harvard and Yale and Penn," he explained.
Biden had other plans to extend debt relief to some Americans according to different criteria, but many on the left angrily denounced him for not supporting a blanket relief for all student debt up to $50,000.
"[I]t's extremely classist and racist to assume that only rich people can get into 'elite' schools," said one user.
Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) expressed her anger in a tweet as well.
"Who cares what school someone went to?" she responded.
"Entire generations of working class kids were encouraged to go into more debt under the guise of elitism. This is wrong."
Others were simply outraged, according to The Blaze.
"Biden gives the middle finger to people drowning in student debt. You still think you can push him left?" tweeted activist Rania Khalek.
"This is an issue of racial, LGBTQ+, and economic justice," said New York state lawmaker Mondaire Jones.
"Black women hold the most degrees of any women and also the most student loan debt," tweeted activist Dr. Victoria Dooley.
"They heavily vote for Democrats. Biden is failing his base."
"Again, these are maneuvers that make no sense either economically or politically," said activist Bree Newsome.
"They are in service to an ideological moderatism that doesn't align with the base of the party or with the views of a rising electorate that is younger & less white."
"This is Biden's biggest miss so far -- the core of student debt crisis is Black and Brown young people attending state schools or -- far too often -- ripped off by for-profit scams and nearly worthless degrees," said columnist Will Bunch.
"Ivy League U.'s have very little to do with this."
Even Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) implied that there was a racial dimension to Biden refusing to forgive more student debt.
"Student debt is weighing down millions of Americans and especially Americans of color," tweeted Schumer.