During an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, comedian Bill Maher expressed his disapproval of President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program, referring to college protesters as “Jew-hating.” Maher highlighted that Biden’s Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) repayment plan, introduced in February 2023, resulted in the cancellation of $7.4 billion in student loans for approximately 277,000 Americans. Maher further emphasized the significant financial implications of the Biden administration’s student debt cancellation, estimating a cost ranging from $870 billion to $1.4 trillion.

“Okay, so colleges constantly raise tuition, then the kids take out more loans, then the government comes by and pays those loans. Okay, so my tax dollars are supporting this Jew-hating,” he continued. “No, I don’t think so.”

“No, I agree with you completely. Now people are really upset,” Guest Kellyanne Conway said. “By the way, it was never fair. You can’t have plumbers and pipe-fitters paying for the student loans of doctors and lawyers. It’s not fair. And I’m all for the government trying to help people who need it, but he did that as a political play and everybody knows it.”

Despite President Biden’s persistent efforts to eliminate billions of dollars in student loan debt for millions of Americans using taxpayer funds, his support among young voters has drastically declined since the 2020 election, while potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is gaining traction within this demographic. The Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling in June 2023 blocked Biden from utilizing executive action to provide student loan forgiveness to 40 million Americans.