Republican Rep. Jim Jordan took to Twitter to note the price of gas last June and compared it to now. Gas prices tanked last spring as COVID-19 wrecked economies and stopped people from traveling. This is elementary stuff, actually. In June of 2020, we lived through an apocalyptic nightmare, and the demand for fuel plunged as Americans isolated at home. It’s all about the global supply and demand this year, as opposed to last year.
Jordan tweeted that the average gas price in June of 2020 was $2.21, then noted that in June of 2021, it’s $3.07. Jordan attributed the rise in gas prices to “Biden’s economy!” But, White House press secretary Jen Psaki shut the Ohio Republican down with facts.
You forgot to mention that gas prices are the same now as they were in June 2018. Or that this time last year unemployment was 11.1% — today it’s 5.8%.@POTUS agrees families shouldn’t pay more at the pump – that’s why he’s opposed to GOP proposals to raise the gas tax. https://t.co/tc5cDXrbJR
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) June 21, 2021
Twitter users piled in.
Love the sound of Jen Psaki Katie Portering Jim Jordan this morning
— Exploding Space Burrito Singh, MD 🌊 (@labyrinthweaver) June 21, 2021
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And everybody was at home in June 2020. Jim is not bright
— jacob (@jakethesnake602) June 21, 2021
Jen Psaki for the win.
— Deidre (@Yankeefan2975) June 21, 2021
Jordan doesn’t understand supply and demand.
— Rich (@Rich_in_NJ) June 21, 2021
Jim Jordan thinks working people have forgotten what was going on in June 2020.
Gas prices were down because people were driving less. Because Trump botched the response to the pandemic, tanking our economy and getting Americans killed.
But sure. President Biden’s economy.
— Jeff Sites for Congress (@Sites4Congress) June 21, 2021
It’s almost like in 2020 demand was down due to everyone being at home because of the Trump virus. And also Presidents don’t control gas prices. You’d think being in office for 14 years, you’d learn something.
— Irishrygirl (@irishrygirl) June 21, 2021
My third grade students learned about supply and demand in social studies. Perhaps I should send Jordan a copy of the book about supply and demand and lemonade stands?
— In a crowd all by yourself (@emperesspenguin) June 21, 2021
Fuel prices are cyclical. They rise every summer with increased demand. You, however, appear to be ignorant year around.
— Being J Wood (@BeingJWood) June 21, 2021
Gas got down to $2.14 under Obama. Did you vote for him?
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) June 21, 2021
LOL – who the hell was driving in June 2020? Of course prices were lower.
Nice cherry-picker @Jim_Jordan‘s got.
— Noah Dahl (@cen271) June 21, 2021
Republicans have nothing on President Joe Biden, so they’re just slinging mud in the hope that something sticks. The fact is that Trump left office with the worst jobs record since Herbert Hoover.