President Joe Biden faced considerable criticism for a set of tweets over the weekend that many critics found inappropriate given the ongoing conflict in Israel following a surprise attack by the terrorist organization Hamas.
For example, on Sunday morning, President Biden’s X account posted a tweet regarding his policy concerning “student debt relief” for certain borrowers. This tweet stirred controversy, particularly considering the current state of affairs in the volatile Middle East.
“We’ve never walked away from that sense of possibility that drives this country. Delivering student debt relief to borrowers that need it is about extending the power of possibilities to every American. Not just those at the top,” his account posted.
We’ve never walked away from that sense of possibility that drives this country.
Delivering student debt relief to borrowers that need it is about extending the power of possibilities to every American.
Not just those at the top. pic.twitter.com/3aJ7sDuw0K
— President Biden (@POTUS) October 8, 2023
The tone-deaf untimeliness of the tweet generated no shortage of criticism.
Kristopher J. Anderson of Turning Point Action responded, “Democrats funded the attacks on Israel.”
Another X user wrote: “The world is on fire, and this is what you tweet.. you are the most disgusting human being and president this country has ever had.”
“Americans were murdered and taken hostage in Israel because YOU gave Iran $6 billion dollars on the anniversary of 9/11, and you tweet this dumb shit?” another wrote.
“Israel is under attack and you are worried about shifting people’s education debt to taxpayers??? You are corrupt !!!!!!” said another.
Not long after, Biden’s account tweeted another seemingly inappropriate message, given the gravity of the situation — a declaration of war — in Israel.
“I’m a capitalist. If you can make a billion dollars, go get it. Just pay a little more in taxes. It’s time billionaires pay a 25% minimum tax,” Biden’s account posted.
To which Republican voting activist Scott Pressler responded: “So, how much does Iran pay when you gift our enemy $6 billion? Israel pays a blood tax.”
“Tell Hunter to pay his taxes,” another user said.
“The problem with America isn’t billionaires not paying in taxes, it’s the government wasting the tax dollars we do get and borrowing more. You are the problem,” Right Wing News founder John Hawkins added.
“The money anyone makes is not yours Mr. President. Millionaires and billionaires pay huge amounts of tax across the board. It’s not popular to say so but it is in fact true,” James Hutton, retired U.S. Army colonel and former assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, added.