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Conservatives seize on gas crunch to blame Biden, stir base

Thousands of social media posts have falsely painted President Joe Biden and his administration as catalysts of chaos who not only mishandled the temporary shutdown of the nation’s largest fuel pipeline last Friday, but engineered it.

5/14/2021 2:57:00 AM

Thousands of social media posts have falsely painted President Joe Biden and his administration as catalysts of chaos who not only mishandled the temporary shutdown of the nation’s largest fuel pipeline last Friday, but engineered it.

A graphic calling the East Coast fuel supply crunch “Biden’s Gas Crisis.” A tweet speculating that gas stations running dry was an “INSIDE JOB.” A meme depicting the president and vice president cheering about the “Green New Deal” in front of a snaking line at a fuel station.

In reality, a ransom-seeking cyberattack, not a Biden executive order or energy policy, triggered the shutdown that drove residents of states such as North Carolina to panic-buy so much gas that nearly 70% of service stations in the state remained without fuel on Thursday afternoon.

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Biden spoke about the hack Thursday as he sought to assuage fears around the supply crunch, reassuring the public that his administration had helped get the Colonial Pipeline back online Wednesday and that remaining outages at gas stations were a “temporary situation” that panic-buying would only exacerbate.

ADVERTISEMENTStill, some of the most widely shared tweets discussing the gas crunch between Friday and Wednesday lobbed criticism toward the president, according to the media intelligence firm Zignal Labs. Posts surfaced by Zignal blamed the president for the outages, criticized his response and condemned him for canceling plans for the Keystone XL oil pipeline — though that project, which would have built a crude oil pipeline, would have had no impact on the current situation.

Misleading narratives targeting Biden began picking up speed on Monday, the day North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper became the first of several governors to declare a state of emergency over the disruption.“Wouldn’t it be weird if the CYBER-ATTACK that shutdown the United States’ top fuel line was an INSIDE JOB to pretend Joe Biden isn’t responsible for the insane increase in gas price..” read a widely shared tweet by former Florida congressional candidate Chuck Callesto.

“People can’t complain about gas prices if there’s no gas to buy,” read the caption of an image depicting a sinister Biden with his fingers interlaced, retweeted by U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Republican from Colorado.Other posts claimed the long gas lines across the Southeast U.S. were a harbinger of America’s future under Democrats, casting Biden as a socialist in a strategy that Republicans have frequently turned to in recent years.

“Gas shortages now, food shortages tomorrow?” tweeted Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren. “Wow ... starting to feel like socialism is on the way....”ADVERTISEMENTIn another narrative, posts equated Biden to former President Jimmy Carter who saw his presidency crumble as a result of the 1979 fuel shortage. A statement from former President Donald Trump on Wednesday, amplified by conservative websites including Breitbart News, branded a laundry list of national and global challenges as Biden’s fault.

“Jimmy mishandled crisis after crisis, but Biden has CREATED crisis after crisis,” Trump wrote. “First there was the Biden Border Crisis (that he refuses to call a Crisis), then the Biden Economic Crisis, then the Biden Israel Crisis, and now the Biden Gas Crisis.”

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Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity on Tuesday first broadcast the graphic of Biden smiling with the words “Biden’s Gas Crisis,” a term that later gained momentum on Facebook and Twitter.Recent world events have challenged the Biden administration in its economic goals. Over the past week, it has faced a disappointing monthly jobs report, worrisome signs of inflation and escalating violence in Israel with deaths that could foreshadow a war in the Middle East. All the while, Biden is still attempting to vaccinate the nation against the coronavirus, distribute hundreds of billions of dollars in economic aid and negotiate his own infrastructure and families plans that total a combined $4 trillion.

Higher energy prices often have political fallout, complicating reelection campaigns for incumbents outside oil-producing regions.With gas prices already rising as COVID-19 restrictions loosen and Americans travel more, the pipeline’s shutdown has created an even worse public relations problem for Biden. Fuel hoarding and lines at the pump have made it difficult to gain control of the narrative.

The Biden administration’s message that the problem was a supply crunch rather than a gas shortage, while accurate, didn’t satisfy Americans who couldn’t find gas to fill their cars, according to Doug Heye, a Republican strategist based in Washington.

“You have Republican division over the House Republican Conference and you had a hearing yesterday where people were basically denying what happened on Jan. 6,” Heye said. “If you want to push a conservative message, the Biden administration just did you a favor.”

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That's more of a Rep maneuver... Did they call Putin? I remember when the private credit market crashed in 2008, they said it was because the economy was afraid that Batak Obama was going to be President. they don’t have to mastermind anything but they could certainly let a clusterfuck coast to the bottom of the hill and let it crash

That’s the fax in 4 months we went from secure borders to wide open. We went for energy efficient to high gas prices and long lines at the pump. We went from peace in the Middle East to are strongest Allie getting attached. Not to mention the loss of Thousands of jobs lost! AliSwenson These are the same people who lined up with twice impeached one term ManchurianPresident Trump in siding with Russia against the USA. Why are they so unpatriotic and unAmerican?

Information heard by me reported temporarily down. The ignorance of shutting down a significant pipeline that is essential until there is adaptation towards greener energy is now kicking Biden in the sack. We all should be learning from this. Egg then chicken. That was Trump asking his fellow Russians to shut down the pipe to put the blame on Biden like everything else so he can come back for second term as a savior and hero…

It looks s all about Biden The fact AP reports this as a “supply crunch”, the exact unique phraseology used by the Biden Administration is very telling, but AP understands this! “... stir base with LIES.” Get it right.

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Idiots. Friend of mine, sadly less of a friend these last three years, says to me, “You can’t even imagine the possibility we’re right?”. No. No I cannot. You are wrong. Trump is trash and Biden is a decent man on a difficult and righteous mission. Period, the end. The responsibility for the panic is with the mass media looking to increase revenue by selling a histrionic narrative.

It’s not false they actually did it What is your proof it is false? LOL, an article defending the president I am done, media is so one sided. Wonder why people call it fake news, Trump who I don’t personally like could have delivered golden bricks to everyone in the U.S. and still be hated by the media. The double standard is horrific.

Falsely Biden definitely has a 'gas' problem! Who says they’re false? Unbiased news media or the ap? He and his failing admin were 100% the catalyst behind the chaos and mishandling of this entire thing. Get a life How did Trump f*** up the east coast gas supply to make president Biden look bad? Conservative say stupid shit everyday. Why should this be any different?

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Amazing what a group of ignorant cultists will believe. Don't go on Tik Tok then.. The righties are out in full force there. It's like watching lemmings fall off cliffs.. Former guy turned GQP into Russian propaganda machine. Kompromat on those with any brains (McConnell, Lady G). Blind loyalty for the rest of the hands (McCarthy, Gaetz, etc.) Putin told them to say it was Biden. Didn't need 'Maybe it was China' this time.

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