Democratic Rep. Kim Schrier claimed Monday that bucking the Biden administration's narrative on the intensifying gas price crisis is "un-American."
What is the narrative?
The Biden administration launched a full-court press last week blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for soaring gas prices and out-of-control inflation.
The problem, of course, is that inflation rates were already at historic highs and gas prices were already sky-high before Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in late February.
What did Schrier say?
During an interview with journalist Brandi Kruse, the Washington Democrat regurgitated the Biden administration's talking points and charged that dissenters are "un-American."
"I believe a couple things: Right now, in the last two weeks, this is Putin. You should be blaming Putin if anybody for this," Schrier said. "To not blame Putin, first of all, is denying reality, and second, frankly, I think is un-American."
"So, this is Putin's fault," she declared.
Strangely, Schrier then immediately blamed the COVID-19 pandemic and supply problems — just as the Biden administration did before Putin invaded Ukraine.
"Before this because people were already suffering at the gas pump before this, right? We saw an increase of over $1/gallon over the past year and a half or so, that can be blamed realistically on— during the pandemic, when people were not going to work and driving was down, gas prices were down," she claimed. "As demand increased and rigs had not yet been turned on, there was a supply-demand issue like with everything else in this country, and that was to blame."
While Biden has abdicated any responsibility for the problem with gas prices and vulnerable Democratic lawmakers have indicated they will happily repeat Biden talking points, Biden recently bragged about dropping gas prices.
"I was able to bring it down 12 cents a gallon and will come down more, I believe," Biden said in December 2021.
The national average gas price as of Tuesday afternoon is $4.31 per gallon, according to AAA. That figure is down four cents from Monday, but still up since last week.