Amid Americans reeling from painfully high fuel prices, President Joe Biden celebrated the record-setting rates during a press conference in Tokyo as an “incredible transition.”
“Here’s the situation. And when it comes to the gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger, and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over,” the President said on Monday.
Biden justified his administration’s actions insisting they were “keeping things from getting worse,” even though Americans are spending on average $5,000 extra a year on gasoline, as reported by the New York Post. The national average per gallon of gas was $4.56 Monday, which is $.40 higher than a month ago. The American Automobile Association called the prices “unprecedented.”
Biden attempted to justify the skyrocketing fuel by suggesting they were for the betterment of the world. The comments drew swift backlash across social media. Republican members of Congress blasted the President for his radical far-left agenda. Business people and everyday Americans also slammed Biden for the remarks.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) wrote,
WATCH → Biden refers to the skyrocketing gas prices as an “incredible transition.”
They’re saying the quiet part out loud now.
They’re causing you pain at the pump because it’s all part of their radical agenda. pic.twitter.com/XOD0P243vC
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) May 23, 2022
“Democrats are celebrating the higher gas prices Americans are paying,” the National Republican Congressional Committee tweeted.
Fox Business anchor David Asman also suggested that Biden had said the quiet part “out loud,” and Fox News Contributor and founder of JunkScience.com tweeted.
I am intentionally forcing up fossil prices and inflation to advance my twisted climate agenda. https://t.co/fnMUOOlWl7
— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) May 23, 2022
Boston radio host Gerry Callahan also tweeted.
Keep this in mind next time you fill up. THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT. The pain is the point. The beatings will continue until all the intransigent rabble comply. Shut up and trade your F-150 for a Prius. https://t.co/R6Q9KGiTmR
— Gerry Callahan (@GerryCallahan) May 23, 2022