Are you upset about historic gas prices under President Joe Biden? If so, the Republican National Committee hopes you join the party — at the very location of your gas price-related frustration.
What is the RNC doing?
The RNC is capitalizing on historic fuel prices by launching a new voter registration program targeting gas stations nationwide.
Over the weekend, the RNC held voter registration drives at gas stations in Arizona. The party will expand its campaign to other states, including California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Maine, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin in the coming weeks, The Hill reported.
"Under Joe Biden, families are paying more for gas than ever before," RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.
"After killing American energy independence, Biden is turning to our adversaries abroad for America’s energy needs," she added. "American families are feeling the pain at the pump, and Biden and the Democrats do not care and are making it worse."
Gas prices hit a historic high on March 11 when the average price of gas in America reached $4.33 per gallon. The price has dropped about 10 cents from its high to $4.24 per gallon as of Tuesday, according to AAA.
Gas prices have climbed for two years straight after reaching historic lows at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. According to the Energy Information Administration, the average price of gas in 2020 — former President Donald Trump's last year in office — was $2.18 per gallon. Prices rose under Biden to an average $3.02 per gallon in 2021.
What is the background?
Whether or not Biden's administration is fully to blame for historic gas prices, the narrative from the administration is certainly playing into the hands of Republicans.
Case in point: The administration has abdicated any responsibility for historic fuel prices, looking toward anyone and everything else to blame for economic woes.
Last year, Biden blamed growing economic problems — like inflation and high gas prices — on the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain problems. Now, the administration is blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin and his invasion of Ukraine.