U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s husband sparked social media mockery when he openly complained about repaying student loans.
Chasten Buttigieg shared a screenshot of a notification on his student loan on Sunday and was quickly reminded by many Twitter users that paying back what you borrowed is actually how it’s supposed to work.
Millions of student loan payments are set to resume in January as the moratorium that was first implemented in March 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic will be expiring. Many are advocating for President Joe Biden to extend the pause on payments.
Chasten Buttigieg, along with husband Pete – a former mayor who is now enjoying a $221,400 salary as part of Biden’s Cabinet – recently adopted twin babies. He set off a wave of mockery earlier this summer after complaining about rent prices in Washington, D.C., and how the family “couldn’t afford” anything larger than a one-bedroom apartment.
In his Instagram story on Sunday, Buttigieg posted the image of a message about his student loan which read, “Chasten, your student loan payments restart after January 31, 2022.”
“You’ll soon receive a bill from your student loan servicer,” the note read, as seen in a screenshot of Buttigieg’s post tweeted by Politico’s Michael Stratford.
“LOL no thank you Merry Christmas next,” Chasten Buttigieg’s caption read.
“Chasten doesn’t appear to be a fan of the Biden admin’s plan to restart student loan payments next month,” Stratford noted in his tweet.
.@Chasten doesn’t appear to be a fan of the Biden admin’s plan to restart student loan payments next month: pic.twitter.com/1mXiUYBRnx
— Michael Stratford (@mstratford) December 12, 2021
Others also chimed in.
These are the guys who complained that they couldn’t afford rent in DC on Pete’s $220K salary (and all their money from writing books).
A good reminder that the left’s “cancel student loan debt” goal would overwhelmingly help financially comfortable people. https://t.co/OnFsQqXY0o
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) December 12, 2021
If only he has access to leaders of the land who could change and influence policy. 💅🏾
— Parvesh Cheena 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️❤️🦓 (@Parvesh) December 12, 2021
The man and his spouse make over $250k/year. This is so pitiful for him to complain about fulfilling his obligations he signed for when he took these loans
— Dan S (@dsim329) December 12, 2021
If you borrow money, pay it back. Not controversial! https://t.co/ptZS4ETwuD
— John Noonan (@noonanjo) December 12, 2021
I will never understand people who don’t think they have to pay their loans. It truly says something about them – and it’s not good.
— LB (@beyondreasdoubt) December 12, 2021
The spouse of a cabinet member, who makes about $200,000 a year, is complaining about repaying a loan he took out.
When Democrats say “cancel student debt,” what they really mean is, force non-college degree workers to pay off loans taken out by the elite. https://t.co/p12KSN6JBG
— Michele Perez Exner (@michelepexner) December 12, 2021
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