President Joe Biden landed himself in hot water after making a claim about gas prices in California.
While Biden was in California, a reporter said, “Have you seen gas prices around here in LA? It’s 7 bucks a gallon almost.”
He replied, “Well, that’s always been the case here.”
Biden continued, “You know, it’s not — what — nationwide, they came down about $1.35, and they’re still down over a dollar. But we’re going to work on housing is the big, is the most important thing we have to do in terms of that.”
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Joe Biden said the other day that “it’s always been the case” that gas in LA is $7 per gallon.
The average gas price in LA has never been $7 and was $3.15 when Trump left office.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 17, 2022
The president’s remark sparked several reactions on Twitter.
California Republican Senate candidate Mark Meuser wrote, “I’m sorry Mr. President but California does not usually have $7 gas. In fact, prior to you becoming president, $5 gas in California was considered extremely high. You clearly are out of touch with how your policies are destroying this nation.”
I'm sorry Mr. President but California does not usually have $7 gas. In fact, prior to you becoming president, $5 gas in California was considered extremely high. You clearly are out of touch with how your policies are destroying this nation.https://t.co/Dn4dakGl4Y
— Mark Meuser for U.S. Senate (@MarkMeuser) October 14, 2022
New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin wrote, “False. When Biden was sworn in as President, gas in California was actually less than half what it is today.”
False. When Biden was sworn in as President, gas in California was actually less than half what it is today. https://t.co/azNvtqEwdJ
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) October 14, 2022
Read more reactions below:
So that was a lie https://t.co/QbFIAGjpCD
— Fiscal Therapist (@BigLifeMark) October 18, 2022
Our president is a genius https://t.co/1jyiQSUjfi
— Steve Geyer 🇺🇸🐊🙏🏻 (@stevegeyer) October 18, 2022
— Todd Pratt (@ToddPratt07) October 18, 2022
To be clear, Democrats in Sacramento AND Washington are committed to making sure California has the highest gas prices in the nation.
— Jessica Millan Patterson (@millanpatterson) October 15, 2022
— Leland Freeman (@LelandFreeman) October 14, 2022
This guy cracking jokes …. https://t.co/fNWlS6axVS
— Vincent mistretta (@vinnym_74) October 14, 2022
According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of gas a year ago in California was $4.497.
The highest recorded average reached more than $6 in June for regular unleaded and over $7 for diesel during the same month.
Just one month before Biden took office, the average cost of gas in the state was just a little over $3, per the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Over the weekend, Biden also received criticism for his comments about the economy while eating ice cream, as IJR reported.
“I’m not concerned about the strength of the dollar,” Biden said.
He continued, “I’m concerned about the rest of the world. Does that make sense? … Our economy is strong as hell… inflation is worldwide, worse off everywhere else than it is in the United States. So the problem is the lack of economic growth and sound policy in other countries.”
Ned Ryun, a senior fellow at the conservative American Greatness, shared his reaction on Twitter.
“I keep coming back to this video of this idiot grazing on ice cream, detached from reality, mumbling lies. . .” Ryun tweeted.
Conservative radio host Clay Travis argued Biden “saying, ‘Our economy is strong as hell,’ while eating an ice cream cone is so tone deaf and out of touch to what Americans actually see in their lives that it feels like the Democrats are intentionally tanking the election.”
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