Since taking office last year, President Joe Biden has watched gas prices climb steadily to where they are today —at the highest national average of all time. But his administration jumped into action, posting on social platforms and blitzing the media circuit to ensure everyone had a boogey man to point to that wasn’t Joe Biden.
“You may have noticed this week that your gas prices have gone up… A lot of it has to do with Vladimir Putin,” claims White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki in a social media post. “The President’s going to do everything he can to bring down the price of gas for the American people.. But part of this is on the oil companies!” she continues.
Earlier this week, Biden himself said “It’s going to go up [gas prices]. “Can’t do much right now. Russia is responsible,” he claimed.
Now, Democrats and their allies in the media have taken this talking point and they are running with it, truth be damned.
Reuters penned the headline on Wednesday, “Biden’s political strategy on U.S. gas hikes? Blame it on Putin.” The story suggested Biden “is considering a variety of options to try to blunt the impact of high pump prices but is realistic about the pain to come.”
The Hill published the title Wednesday, “Democrats look for cover on rising gas prices,” and noted that “President Biden made the point of blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for the increase, calling it ‘Putin’s price hike.’”
“The notion that [Republicans] want to now come here and lecture us when Vladimir Putin is the one responsible if gas prices increase significantly here in America — Vladimir Putin — and they shouldn’t provide any aid and comfort to him,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said.
Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) framing of the crisis sounded similar to Jeffries’s. “Well of course they’ll use any tool in the toolbox and one of them is to hold us accountable for any increase in cost of living.”
“I expect our Democratic friends will now try to blame the entire increase in prices on our efforts to punish Russia. But don’t be fooled,” Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Tuesday. “This was more than a year in the making.”
[h/t Breitbart News]