CNN's Dana Bash asked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on "State of the Union" this week if she thinks President Joe Biden's student loan forgiveness plan is fair to those Americans who have worked hard to pay off their debt or to not go into debt in the first place. Warren thought she'd managed to confuse and distract her host (and audience) with the usual effusion of overly-emotive theatrics, but Bash flipped the script and stumped Warren with one simple statement.
Asked what she would say to people who think student loan forgiveness is "really not fair" and that the government isn't helping people with "other struggles," Warren launched into a sob story about her "daddy" who "ended up as a janitor" and had no money to make her dreams of becoming a "public school teacher" come true.
"But I found a public university that cost 50 dollars a semester, and for a price I could pay for on a part-time waitressing job, I finished a four-year diploma. I became a special education teacher and it opened a million doors for me. That opportunity is not out there today for any of our kids," Warren preached.
"Our public education system is no longer creating opportunities for kids like me and other kids whose families can't afford to write a check. Instead, we're saying to these young people, you've got to get an education, but we are going to wrap the chains of debt around you, and for many, you're going to be paying it for decades into the future, including getting Social Security checks garnished. That's not the America we want. We want to be an America of opportunity," she continued.
At this point, Bash interrupted Warren's well-rehearsed speech to say, "yeah, but I'm not sure that relieving this amount of debt changes the cost of college. The cost of college is still exorbitant."
After several seconds of stunned silence (complete with a priceless deer-in-the-headlights facial expression,) Warren pulled it together enough to find someone else to blame for the exorbitant cost of college — in this case, the American taxpayers.
"Well, look, part of what [student loan forgiveness] does is it deals with the debt that has been built up because the cost of college has gone up because taxpayers have made fewer investments in our public colleges and universities," Warren stammered.
On “The Rubin Report,” BlazeTV host Dave Rubin shared a clip from the interview. Watch the video below. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.
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