Fox News host Laura Ingraham has received major blowback for her tweet about forgiving student loans.
“My mom worked as a waitress until she was 73 to help pay for our college,” Ingraham, whose show “The Ingraham Angle ” airs 10 p.m. ET. “Even helped with loan repayment. Loan forgiveness just another insult to those who play by the rules.”
Reactions to Ingraham’s words were not favorable.
“Pretty sure Laura Ingraham could have afforded to pay off those loans herself any time in the past 35 years,” Liz Dye wrote. “Admitting that she let her mom wait tables into her 70s to pay off that debt isn’t really the flex she thinks it is.”
“Since the mid-80s Laura Ingraham worked in high-salary positions for law firms, media outlets, and even presidents,” wrote one user. “Why was she still working her elderly mother into her grave to pay off her college? That’s an insult to those who paid off their own debt.”
Another wrote “I paid for my own college while lazy Laura Ingraham suckled from the teat of her waitress mom.”
One Twitter-user even went so far as to calculate the difference in student loans at Dartmouth, where Ingraham received her degree, from the time she went to present day.
According to a 1999 obituary in the Hartford Courant, the Fox News’ host’s mother, Anne Caroline Ingraham, worked at a Connecticut school for 45 years and then as a waitress at Willie’s Steakhouse in Manchester, Connecticut, until 1994.
At that time, Laura Ingraham was working as a lawyer at the white-shoe Manhattan law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
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