Joe Biden cheered at pro wrestling event after student loan announcement

Last night, an unexpected confluence occurred between politics and professional wrestling when President Joe Biden was referenced on an All Elite Wrestling (AEW) show. Perhaps even more surprisingly, Biden’s name received applause from the live audience.

Biden was unexpectedly dropped on AEW’s TBS show dynamite show of “Platinum” Max Caster, a wrestler who raps live as he enters the ring. On Wednesday, he accompanied Billy Gunn to his match against his son, Colten Gunn.

“You little fools get no respect,” Caster rapped towards Colten and his brother Austin Gunn, who were standing together in the ring. “We’re erasing you like Biden did on student debt.”

The line drew mostly cheers from the crowd, though it’s unclear whether the reaction was out of appreciation for Caster’s diss or endorsement of Biden’s announcement that the government will rescind up to $20,000. federal student loans for millions of Americans.

“Biden gets pro wrestling applause. Tell me more about how canceling student debt is a political liability,” political commentator Richard Allen Smith tweeted.

The video of the moment has spread across social media, including by some well-known progressives.

Former Ohio State Senator and political activist Nina Turner posted the clip on Twitter and wrote, “Student debt forgiveness is popular and culturally relevant.”

Kyle Kulinski, another prominent activist who hosts a popular YouTube show, also shared the clip on Twitter.

Other Twitter users also commented on Biden’s mention of Caster.

“Biden gets respect on AEW. Didn’t see it coming,” read one tweet.

Another person quoted the line in a post and added, “My face hurts from smiling.”

U.S. President Joe Biden is seen during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House August 9, 2022 in Washington, DC When a professional wrestler referenced the president at an event on Wednesday night, the moment sparked the cheers of the public.
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AEW is the second largest wrestling promotion in the United States after World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The company has often positioned itself as a progressive alternative to WWE and has a diverse roster of wrestlers that includes Nyla Rose, a transgender wrestler who once held the AEW Women’s Championship.

Tony Khan, the founder and co-owner of AEW, also drew attention for tweeting his support for the Black Lives Matter movement at the height of the 2020 social justice protests.

WWE largely strays from public stances on politics. However, the company has had ties to former President Donald Trump in the past. Trump is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, although he was inducted before serving in the White House. He also appeared in a prominent wrestling storyline in 2007 which led to an appearance at WrestleMania, the company’s biggest annual event.

Linda McMahon, a former WWE executive and wife of recently retired WWE CEO Vince McMahon, also served in Trump’s cabinet as head of the Small Business Administration.

Newsweek has reached out to AEW for comment.

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