Joe Biden is back in town after his first trip abroad. The President's trip was very different from that of his predecessor. Unlike Donald Trump, largely viewed as a joke by foreign leaders, Biden was accepted and hugged.
And many of Biden's initiatives have so far been popular with the American people. So Republicans are too dependent on topics of conversation and culture war issues. Jim Jordan tried to use one of these discussion points earlier today and was put down by Jen Psaki.
This morning the Ohio congressman tweeted: "Average gas price: June 2020: $ 2.21 June 2021: $ 3.07 President Biden's economy! "
Of course, gas prices were affected by the pandemic. Gas suppliers cut prices last year to encourage people to take to the streets. Now that most of the motorists are back, suppliers are trying to make up for the money they lost last year.
Psaki replied to Jordan: "You forgot to mention that gas prices are now the same as they were in June 2018. Or that unemployment at that time last year was 11.1% – today it's 5.8%. "
You forgot to mention that gasoline prices are now the same as they were in June 2018. Or that unemployment was 11.1% around that time last year – it is 5.8% today. @POTUS agrees that families should no longer pay at the pump – that's why he is against the GOP's proposals to increase the gas tax. https://t.co/tc5cDXrbJR
– Jen Psaki (@PressSec) June 21, 2021
The press secretary continued: “The President agrees families should no longer pay at the gas pump – that's why he rejects the GOP's proposals to increase the gas tax. "
Republicans will continue to advance their topics of conversation while ignoring the context or nuance behind it. It will be important that democratic lawmakers push them back, as Psaki did here.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He enjoys sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.