Following President Joe Biden’s assertion that gas had always been over $7 a gallon in California, several prominent Twitter users took to the platform to fact-check those claims.
While Biden was paying for his food at a Los Angeles-based taco shop, a reporter asked him, “The inflation report is out. Have you seen gas prices around here in LA? It’s seven bucks a gallon almost.”
Biden responded, “Well, that’s always been the case here.”
The President then explained that nationwide gas prices have retreated “about $1.35, and they’re still down over a dollar,” adding, “But we’re going to work on, housing is the big, is the most important thing we have to do in terms of that.”
On Twitter, several users criticized Biden for his response regarding gas prices and his attempt to pivot the conversation to housing.
Republican minority leader in the California Assembly, James Gallagher, tweeted, “Bidenism at its finest in LA today. High gas prices is a housing problem?”
Lee Zeldin, New York’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, also took to the social network to fact-check Biden, pointing out that his assertions were wrong given that gas prices in California were $3.36 a gallon on Biden’s first day in office.
In his tweet, Zeldin stated, “False. When Biden was sworn in as President, gas in California was actually less than half what it is today.”
“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,” California’s Republican Senate candidate, Mark Mueser, tweeted.