The memo went out from the White House after the backlash to President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel $10,000 in student loan debt for those making under $125,000 — which is essentially a transfer of wealth from the working class to the college-educated, most of whom are upper-middle class and have higher earning potential. The White House itself began tweeting out the names of Republican members of Congress who had accepted PPP loans that were forgiven, as if they were the same thing. (We called it “petty”; the Washington Post called it “punchy and feisty.”) PPP loans were meant to cover payroll for businesses that were forced to shut down by the government and were considered grants if the money went to paying employees. Student loans were taken out by people who wanted to attend college — not forced to attend college because of the pandemic.

UPROXX thought they’d caught The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro in the same “hypocritical” trap, except they were slapped with a cease and desist order when they fingered the wrong Ben Shapiro, a real estate agent in Los Angeles.

Also called out was National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke, who had $88,694 in PPP loans forgiven.

Location: Tampa, Florida. Industry: Full-service restaurants. No, it’s not Cooke’s podcast.

So very many people were sharing that screenshot of Ben Shaprio’s supposed PPP loan to own him. “This you?” No, it’s not. And it’s a stupid argument anyway: PPP loans are not student loans. Of course, the White House is pushing it.

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