A State Department official was called a ghoul and faced backlash online after saying he prefers high gas prices because it means fewer people are dri
A State Department official was called a ghoul and faced backlash online after saying he prefers high gas prices because it means fewer people are driving and emitting less pollution.
Alan Eyre, a senior State Department foreign service officer who describes himself as a ‘gov’t bureaucrat,’ tweeted his fondness for high gas prices in response to President Joe Biden‘s claim that gas prices are falling from last month’s ‘peak.’
‘I prefer high gas prices = less driving, less CO2,’ Eyre tweeted.
The post was met with immediate disdain as the average price of a gallon of gas was $4.38 on Saturday, with former California congressional candidate Ron Bassilian slamming Eyre as his state continues to boast the highest gas prices in the country at $5.75 per gallon.
‘You’re not only a ghoul, you’re full of [poop emoji],’ Bassilian wrote on Eyre’s post, which has now been deleted as his account appears to be deactivated.
Alan Eyre, a senior State Department foreign service officer (left), said he prefers high gas prices because it means fewer people are driving and emitting less pollution
‘I prefer high gas prices = less driving, less CO2,’ the tweet read in response to President Joe Biden’s claim that gas prices are falling from last month’s ‘peak’
Eyre’s post was met with immediate backlash, with former California congressional candidate Ron Bassilian calling Eyre a ghoul
Eyre’s comment came as gas prices remain stubbornly high at above $4 per gallon
Eyre’s tweet came after Joe Biden touted that Americans would spend an average of $30 less per month on gas than what they did when prices hit above $5 last month.
Gas prices have been steadily declining since hitting a record high of more than $5 last month, but remain 39 percent higher than they were a year ago, a difference of more than $2 per gallon.
The average price of gas remains above $5 in seven states, with California maintaining the highest average at $5.75. All but eight states had an average price above $4 per gallon.
Along with soaring inflation, which hit 9.1 percent in June, high gas prices have hurt Americans in their wallets, with others calling out Eyre for his tweet.
One Twitter user, Robert Denstedt, said Eyre’s tweet was evident that he was ‘out of touch with everyday Americans.’
‘He is one of militia of Biden bureaucrats who continue to destroy this country with their insane antics,’ Denstedt wrote.
David Wolf, another Twitter user, wrote: ‘Alan Eyre should keep his dumb a** comments to himself.
‘He prefers $5 gallon gas price thinks that’s a good price. Another example of why the swamp needs to be drained. What a turd!’
Other’s joined on Twitter to bash Eyre for his insensitive tweet on Friday
It came just hours after Joe Biden touted falling gas prices across the nation
Eyre was not the only one to draw criticism over high gas prices, as first Lady Jill Biden was heckled earlier this week during a trip to Connecticut.
‘Your husband’s the worst president we’ve ever had,’ the unidentified man shouted at Jill Biden as she visited New Haven, on Wednesday on a trip highlighting summer education programs.
The first lady responded by waving and saying: ‘Thank you, thank you for your support, thank you.’
The heckler responded angrily, shouting: ‘You owe us gas money! You owe us gas money! You owe us gas money!’
The first lady made the Connecticut visit as part of a three-state tour focused on summer learning. President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 the day after her New Haven visit, and remains isolated in the White House with moderate symptoms.
‘Your husband’s the worst president we’ve ever had!’ an unidentified man shouted at Jill Biden as she visited New Haven, Connecticut on Wednesday