Fox News revealed on Tuesday that Republicans won a narrow majority in the House of Representatives following last week’s midterm elections.
Yet GOP gains were far below what had been predicted and the party failed to take control of the Senate. According to one observer, that’s because President Joe Biden effectively bought votes.
Biden promised to forgive student loans
This was the theory put forward by former New York Judge Jeanine Pirro on Monday during an episode of Fox News’ “The View.”
Specifically, Piro pointed to Biden’s announcement in August, stating that his administration would allow those who make less than $125,000 per year to walk away from $10,00 worth of debt.
What’s more, those who went to college with the assistance of Pell Grants would be entitled to $20,000 in debt forgiveness and the plan would also cap repayment at 5% of a borrower’s monthly income. However, a federal judge ruled immediately after the election that Biden’s plan is unconstitutional.
In keeping with my campaign promise, my Administration is announcing a plan to give working and middle class families breathing room as they prepare to resume federal student loan payments in January 2023.
I’ll have more details this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/kuZNqoMe4I
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 24, 2022
“I’ll tell you what won this election for the Democrats: Sure, the young people came out vote; they got paid – I mean, they got their student loans paid back,” Pirro declared, adding, “It was a buyout.”
Pirro says abortion was a major factor
Another factor that the former judge pointed to was a Supreme Court decision in June which found there is no constitutional right to abortion.
“But the other thing is: abortion. It was all about abortion,” Piro said. “Joe Biden didn’t do abortion. Abortion just kind of fell out of the Supreme Court for whatever reason in May or June of this year – and that was it,”
“That’s all the Democrats needed. Now they’re going to beat their chests. They’re going to say, well, it’s because we’re so great: Joe Biden, what a leader – [but] America hates him,” she continued.
“The Democrats are taking this as a mandate… This will be the most progressive next two years that we’ve ever seen,” she said.