White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre does not have an easy job answering for the Biden administration’s many failed policies and the results of such.
Jean-Pierre’s “rock and a hard place” position was evident on Thursday when Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked her why the White House thought 88% of voters said in a Monmouth poll that they think the country is headed down the wrong track–and she had no real answer to the question.
“Why do you think it is that 88% of people in this country polled by Monmouth believe the country is on the wrong track?” Doocy asked Jean-Pierre.
Jean-Pierre basically said President Joe Biden feels Americans’ pain and then repeated the narrative that it’s all Vladimir Putin’s fault.
“I don’t think it’s that our plan is not popular with the American people. We know that the American people are feeling the high cost. We understand what they are feeling,” she said.
“He understands that gas prices are high because of Putin’s tax hike, because of the brutal war that Putin has taken on in Ukraine and their brave fight to fight for their democracy. That’s what we’re seeing here. And also the food security, the food cost has skyrocketed,” she added.
Jean-Pierre went on to mention Biden’s plan to release a million barrels a day of oil from the strategic reserve–about 5% of U.S. daily usage if the oil actually remains in the U.S. instead of ending up in other countries. She also said that Biden issued an emergency waiver to let gas stations sell gas with 15% ethanol.
Doocy pointed out that the “wrong track” poll showed the American people didn’t like Biden’s solutions so far, and that’s because they won’t really do much to blunt gas prices.
Prices have come down some in the last week or two, but economists say that’s because consumer demand has begun to slow down as people rethink summer road trips and vacations, and some factories and other businesses shut down temporarily, using less fuel.
Some global progressives that Biden has aligned with previously said they think gas prices need to go higher to encourage the transition away from fossil fuels. Biden said similar things before the election, but people weren’t listening because they were sick of Trump and thought they wanted someone different.
It would not be surprising if this were the Biden administration’s secret agenda all along, and why Biden refuses to allow greater U.S. production of oil and gas even with prices still at near-record highs.