The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was lambasted on Twitter Thursday evening after a user called a “parody-level” graph that showed gas prices fell by less than two cents over a one-week period. Has — and praised President Biden for the minuscule reduction.
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“Thanks, @JoeBiden,” the campaign organization for House Democrats tweeted along with a chart showing the average nationwide price for a gallon of regular gas.
The chart showed an average price of $3.395 on 22 November and again before showing it at $3.38 on 29 November.
Critics on both sides of the aisle scoffed at the chart on social media, noting that the y-axis showed the price in fractions of a cent to make the decline sharper.
“This is parody-level deceptive material,” CNN reporter and fact-checker Danielle Dale said. tweeted,
Washington Post chief fact-checker Glen Kessler agreed, tweeting: “What a ridiculous chart. Truly dumb.”
“Anyone who is making this stuff up at @dccc needs a lesson in chart-making and statistics,” Kessler said in another tweet, noting the “shameful” claim about job growth.
“As someone who releases their 110-page chart book every year, I am in awe of the people who conceived, created, approved and posted this chart,” shouted in Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Brian Ridley, “I could never come up with a bull of this level-. Applause.”
Multiple users reacted to DCCC’s tweet meme or other jokes.
“Would love to give you my two cents on this graph,” Cracked Dan Amira, lead writer for “The Daily Show.”
Others accused the committee of trying to deal with multiple crises, such as supply chain backup and inflation.
“I would combine the two cents I saved on gas with the 16 cents I saved on my 4th of July BBQ and put the down payment on a pack of gum,” Mocked Rape Mary Miller (R-Ill.), “Thanks, Brandon.”
“Another indicator of where the House is going in 2022,” tweeted Brent Scher, executive editor of the Washington Free Beacon, “no one in the DCCC is doing a smart thing.”
Still others pointed out that the shortfall highlighted by the DCCC is nothing compared to the increase in prices over the previous year.
“So Joe Biden is responsible for the $0.02 drop in gas prices, but not the 49% increase in gas prices over the past year,” said former UN ambassador Nikki Haley. Stand for America PAC tweeted,
“Joe Biden Cancels the Keystone XL Pipeline and Gas Prices Have Grown Over 50% Since December 2020,” tweeted Matt Schlap, president of the American Conservative Union. “But the Democrats are demanding that you thank them for saving the whole two cents.”
As of Friday, the average cost of regular gas in the US was $3.37 per gallon, up $1.21 from last year. according to AAA,