Buttigieg's Husband Mocks His Husband's Workplace

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 13 December 2021 19:00
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The husband of the U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg appears less than enthusiastic about being required to repay his student loans.

Chasten Buttigieg, who recently became a father to newborn twins with the Transportation Secretary, posted a screenshot on Instagram Saturday of a notification that his student loan relief from the COVID-19 pandemic will expire on January 31, 2022.

"Chasten, your student loan payments restart after January 31, 2022," the notice reads, as seen in a screenshot tweeted by Politico’s Michael Stratford. "You’ll soon receive a bill from your student loan servicer." "LOL no thank you Merry Christmas next," Chasten captioned the post.

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Stratford surmised that "Chasten doesn’t appear to be a fan of the Biden admin’s plan to restart student loan payments next month."

"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)," Republican strategist Matt Whitlock commented. "A good reminder that the left’s ‘cancel student loan debt’ goal would overwhelmingly help financially comfortable people."

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Chasten faced ridicule in July after he complained about rent prices in Washington, D.C., insisting he and his husband "couldn’t afford" anything bigger than a one-bedroom apartment.

The Transportation Secretary’s salary is $221,400 while Chasten is a part-time drama school teacher. In addition to their D.C. apartment, the couple owns a home on Lake Michigan in Traverse City, which they purchased this year after selling their home in South Bend, The Washington Post reported at the time.

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Commentators on both sides of the political aisle mocked the couple at the time, pointing out that most Americans don’t have the luxury of having two residences.

"Imagine being so far removed from the real world that you complain about your $4,500/mo apartment not having a den," Abigail Marone, press secretary for Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo, tweeted at the time. "Americans are struggling to afford basic necessities thanks to #bidenflation but poor Pete & Chasten don't get a den in their high-end building. Boo hoo."

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This comes as a group of Democrats ramp up the pressure on President Biden to use his executive authority to cancel billions of dollars in student loan debt and extend a moratorium on payments that are poised to expire in February.

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In a Wednesday letter addressed to the White House, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., warned that millions of families could be crushed financially and that the economy's recovery from the pandemic imperiled if Biden does not extend the federal government's pause on student loan payments, which is slated to end on Feb. 1, 2022.

Biden campaigned on canceling billions of dollars in student loan debt but has thus far erased just a fraction of the pledged amount for about 72,000 borrowers, drawing ire from some Progressive lawmakers who want him to move further Left on the issue.

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