Former Vice President Mike Pence, and GOP presidential candidate, while working a gas pump, looked into the camera and said, “Remember when gas was $2 a gallon? I do. And then Joe Biden initiated his war on energy after he became president of the United States.”
Mr. Pence’s assertion is debatable, as the average gas prices haven’t been at $2 per gallon since 2020. This price drop was primarily attributed to the global standstill caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the video, viewed over a million times and designed to advocate his energy independence plan, became the subject of ridicule on social media. Several people noticed a beeping noise in the background, implying he wasn’t filling the gas tank.
To make matters worse, the gas tank cover on Mr. Pence’s car was already open when he stepped out of the vehicle.
Comedian Rob Schneider tweeted, “How can this individual address our energy independence when he can’t even press the button to select the octane level for his gas, thereby silencing the ‘beeping’ noise?!”
“Has he never filled his gas tank before?” queried political commentator Steven Crowder.
The former vice president faced criticism from left-leaning users and those loyal to former President Trump, who perceived Mr. Pence as disloyal.
This sentiment was particularly amplified following his remarks indicating that he would “comply with the law” if called upon to participate in criminal inquiries into the former president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
A right-wing Twitter account supporting the MAGA movement, called End Wokeness, weighed in on the situation, stating, “Pence has no clue how to pump gas,” and then questioning, “Who thought this was a good idea?”
On Monday, the Pence campaign announced that it had fulfilled the criteria to participate in the first GOP presidential nomination debate, scheduled to be broadcast on Fox News later this month.
The former vice president has met the donor benchmark of 40,000. In addition, the Pence campaign has already surpassed the required polling numbers dictated by the RNC.