We’ve known since the Democratic presidential primaries that the Democrats want to cancel student debt, as well as make college free for everyone. But it was only when people started losing their jobs during the COVID-19 lockdown that the cry to cancel rent got louder. How were people supposed to pay rent when they were quarantined in their homes and unable to work? But where did that leave landlords who rely on that rent?

Economics major Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez earlier proposed the first step, which would be to cancel (or at least defer) mortgages as well. Fellow squad member Rep. Ayanna Pressley didn’t make a video about the idea, but she made her stance clear in a short tweet:

Let’s start with canceling taxes and see where it goes from there.


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