Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, faced significant backlash on social media following her statement at Monday's conference that House Republicans aim to increase gas prices.
At the press conference, Jean-Pierre immediately accused the GOP, who now hold a slim majority in the House, of intending to increase gas prices through their latest bill.
"As many of you are tracking this week, House Republicans will vote to raise gas prices on American families. The contrast in priorities could not be more stark, but the president spent the last two years, as you know, doing everything he could to lower gas prices for American families. And prices are down about $1.60 a gallon since last summer. Now, House Republicans are using their narrow majority to force the American people to pay higher gas prices, just as big oil companies are amassing record profits," Jean-Pierre started.
Jean-Pierre's opening statement was met with widespread criticism from conservatives on Twitter, as it not only ignored the high gas prices during the Biden administration, but also attempted to shift blame to Republicans.
"Press sec mad libs," Sen. Ted Cruz adviser Omri Ceren tweeted.
Press sec mad libs. https://t.co/PsppQQ3vO5
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) January 23, 2023
"She did not just say this… your boss has been gashing us at the pump for months," Matt Vespa of Town Hall tweeted.
She did not just say this… your boss has been gashing us at the pump for months pic.twitter.com/mgSK8WHu2i
— Matt Vespa (@mVespa1) January 23, 2023
Conservative writer Doug Powers tweeted, "They somehow manage to get more shameless by the day."
They somehow manage to get more shameless by the day. https://t.co/tWSJCPJSZE
— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) January 23, 2023
Jean-Pierre has frequently attempted to promote falling gas prices as a success for the Biden administration, even when gas prices were still above $4 a gallon in many states. This was seen as an embarrassing attempt by many in July, when Jean-Pierre appeared in a video on the official White House Twitter to boast about falling gas prices and criticized oil companies.
"So while oil prices have decreased by about 20% since their June peak, as I was just talking about earlier, prices at the pump have only fallen about 10% over the same period. So that means profits are up way above average. Refiners’ profit margins per gallon of gas are averaging about 90 cents last week, roughly double what’s typical for this time of the year," she said.
At that time, the national average for gas price was $4.40 per gallon.
During her opening statement, Jean-Pierre alleged that House Republicans were attempting to increase taxes on the middle class and provide tax cuts for the wealthy.
"What's even more alarming is that this is not the only attempt by House Republicans majority to raise cost on middle class families. House Republicans are also pushing a tax increase on middle class families and inflation, worsening tax cuts for the rich and high prescription drug costs as well. These extreme policies would subject working families to immense financial pain and balloon our deficit all just to benefit the wealthiest taxpayers and big corporations," Jean-Pierre said.
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