As gas prices continue to rise — in large part due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) thought it’d be a great time to try and lob a cheap shot at the Biden administration while simultaneously praising former President Donald Trump.
Jordan posted a sarcastic tweet urging Americans to recall the price of gas during the Trump years:
Remember how cheap gas was during the Trump Administration?
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) March 8, 2022
Of course, what Jordan conveniently neglected to mention is that gas prices were lower under Trump in large part because COVID was ravaging the country and causing mass shutdowns of states. When fewer people are commuting to work on a daily basis, demand for gasoline goes down considerably. However, Trump’s failure on controlling the pandemic also led to massive job losses.
How bad was the job situation with Trump in the White House? Forbes explained in January of last year:
In a two-month period, February to April 2020, the unemployment rate soared to an 80-year high and the number of employed Americans fell from 152.5 million to 130.3 million. Those 22.2 million job losses set U.S. employment back to 1999 levels.
Since, the economy has moved from contraction to expansion and seen 12.3 million jobs return. However, it hasn’t been enough to offset the job losses that occurred during the pandemic.
That means that Trump will become the first post–World War II president to see employment fall during his presidency. It last occurred when Herbert Hoover left office in 1933 amid the early years of the Great Depression.
Yep, it’s the old law of supply and demand, one of the most basic fundamentals we all learned in high school economics class.
It didn’t take long before other Twitter users reminded Jordan just how ridiculous his tweet was:
Well, I mean there was the whole thing about nobody going anywhere because a moronic madman did nothing but dither, delay & deny the existence of a global pandemic but hey, what do I know.
I’m not sitting in some gerrymandered AF seat without having ANY Ideas for my constituency.
— Jo 🌻 (@JoJoFromJerz) March 8, 2022
I remember losing my job and being on lockdown for most of 2020 bc the trump administration bungled the #COVID19 pandemic.
Gas was cheaper bc no one was working.
— #SophieSchollsGhost (@Saintsfan5348) March 8, 2022
Remember when we couldn’t get toilet paper for two months?
That was awesome.
— Leslieoo7 🌻🇺🇦 (@Leslieoo7) March 8, 2022
I remember people dying from the #TrumpVirus and not having enough toilet paper to wipe the asses on the insurrectionists you allowed into the Capitol.
— Agolf Twitler Slayer (@bblock29) March 8, 2022
I remember there being no need for gas because no one was driving.
I remember the refrigerated trucks because morgues couldn’t keep up with people dying of COVID.
I remember the nurses having to use garbage bags as PPE.
I remember the GOP not taking any measures to help.
— Evil_Otter (@otter_evil) March 8, 2022
Remember how people weren’t going anywhere? I wonder if that factored in.
— andrea (@ehwhatdoiknow) March 8, 2022
— The Ghost of George Conway🌻 (@gtconway3dg) March 8, 2022
I remember people were practically giving crude away while a prolonged and raging pandemic kept the public stuck in their homes, unable to travel and with nowhere to go!
This wasn’t the own you thought it was, huh?
— 🇺🇦🌻 🌊Carol🌊🌻🇺🇦 (@caroledwine) March 8, 2022
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