Palm Beach Daily News
Senator says what?! Rick Scott, the richest U.S. senator, calls the president a “rich kid”
Palm Beach Post – June 9, 2022
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, during a recent appearance on Fox and Friends, went off the rails in criticizing President Joe Biden’s efforts to curb inflation.
“Think about this. Biden’s a rich kid. His whole life has been paid for by your tax dollars. Has no idea how to deal with inflation, no plan to deal with inflation,” Scott said with an apparent straight face.
Sen. Scott’s criticism/description of President Biden is, well, rich, coming from a man who is the nation’s wealthiest senator. (Much of that wealth, generated by a company convicted of stealing $1.5 billion from the government while he was in charge.)
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Sen. Scott’s net worth? An estimated $220 million, according to The Celebrity Net Worth website. The president’s? A mere $9 million, according to the website.
Neither is exactly suffering from higher prices at the gas pump or grocery store but there’s a difference between a guy who worked for the government and one who sold his hospital business for millions.
Inflation remains a problem for middle class and working class families who actually struggle to keep their heads above water. The name-calling, that the president is a “rich kid,” from a “kid” who’s far richer, doesn’t resolve the issue. It just cheapens the discourse.
Editor’s Note: First Impressions is a digital opinion feature by The Palm Beach Post, offering bite-sized but informed commentary on daily developments. Did the senator miss the irony in his criticism of the president, or was “the rich kid” remark routine politics?