Whether elected officials and media personalities are crediting a President with low gas prices or decrying another for high ones, the Commander in Chief's control over oil and gas prices is often overblown.
Such is the case as Conservatives blame President Joe Biden for higher prices at the pump.
Though retail gas prices vary across regions, the U.S. has seen a steady increase in gas prices since 2021 due to a number of factors. With Americans across the country no longer in quarantine in this latest stage of the pandemic, demand for retail gasoline skyrocketed last year, while U.S. gasoline production failed to meet that threshold, according to research from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Tensions between Ukraine and Russia, one of the largest natural gas producers in the world, have only exacerbated the problem.
Recently, far-right Senator from Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn, tried to credit Trump for the low gas prices of 2020.
What Blackburn forgot is that, for the vast majority of 2020, Americans were quarantining in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has gone on to kill nearly one million Americans. Demand for retail gasoline plummeted during 2020 and prices soon reflected that.
Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, known colloquially as "AOC," was there to remind her.
The Congresswoman encouraged the Senator to "examine context and data" when crediting Trump with low gas prices during the pandemic, just as conservatives emphasize the COVID-19 context for the widespread unemployment that resulted from the pandemic under Trump.
Blackburn responded by praising Trump for the vaccines.
Other social media users, however, sided with AOC.
But the Congresswoman wasn't the only one pushing back against Blackburn's tweet.
Context aside, it doesn't look like conservatives plan to stop employing this talking point any time soon.